James Holmes

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Judge Sentences Holmes, Defends 'the System'

Holmes formally sentenced to life in prison

(Newser) - James Holmes was an angry quitter who gave up on life and turned his hatred into murder and mayhem against innocent victims in a Colorado movie theater, the judge said today before formally sentencing him to life in prison. "It is almost impossible to comprehend how a human being... More »

Theater Victim's Grandpa: Court Should Go After Juror

Friends and family of victims describe grief, heartbreak in court

(Newser) - The grandfather of a 6-year-old girl killed in the Aurora theater shooting says the holdout juror who spared James Holmes' life may have intended to do so all along. During testimony yesterday, Robert Sullivan suggested the juror had "a moral purpose ... to save (Holmes) from the death sentence" but... More »

One Holdout Juror Saved James Holmes

Death penalty required a unanimous decision

(Newser) - James Holmes will live out his life in prison instead of facing execution because one of his 12 jurors wouldn't budge on the subject. Nine others wanted the death penalty and two were unsure but willing to discuss it, but Holmes' life was spared because a unanimous decision is... More »

Jurors Spare Life of James Holmes

They deliberate 7 hours, fail to agree on death penalty

(Newser) - Jurors spared the life of James Holmes today: He will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole instead of execution for his rampage in a Colorado movie theater, reports USA Today . The nine women and three men on the jury deliberated about seven hours over two... More »

James Holmes Jury Leaves Death on the Table

Jury reached a decision today in second phase of trial

(Newser) - The second phase of James Holmes' trial wrapped up today, and there will be a third. The jury decided the Aurora movie theater shooter should face a possible death sentence after considering the "mitigating factors." The Denver Post reports that the criminal trial, whose jury selection began in... More »

Holmes' Mom: 'Loudest Cry for Help Was His Silence'

She's also angry school didn't tell her of his homicidal thoughts

(Newser) - James Holmes' mother insisted today that she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said her son's campus psychiatrist never told her that James Holmes... More »

James Holmes' Dad Spends Hours Trying to Save Son's Life

Robert Holmes says he was an 'excellent kid'

(Newser) - Robert Holmes has listened to months of testimony on the horror his son was responsible for, but he still loves "Jimmy"—and yesterday, he spent hours trying to save his life. He took the stand as part of the "mitigation" phase of James Holmes' death penalty trial... More »

Next Phase of Holmes Trial Could Be Most Wrenching

It's the death penalty phase

(Newser) - Families of the 12 people James Holmes killed and the scores he injured in a packed movie theater were relieved that jurors only needed 12 hours to reject the idea that he was legally insane when he opened fire. Now the trial enters a new phase as the jury decides... More »

Guilty: Jurors Convict James Holmes

Next they'll decide on death penalty

(Newser) - Guilty. Jurors today convicted James Holmes of murder in the 2012 massacre in Aurora, Colorado, that left 12 dead and 70 injured. Now they'll move on to the next phase of the trial to determine whether he will get the death penalty or life in prison, reports NBC News... More »

Holmes' Lawyers Done Trying to Convince Jury He's Insane

Closing arguments begin Tuesday

(Newser) - It's all down to the closing arguments now: The defense in the James Holmes trial rested its case today after trying to convince the jury over two weeks that the suspected gunman was insane. They used testimony from two psychiatrists to that effect, countering the opinion of two psychiatrists... More »

Dark Knight Shooter: I Won't Testify

Defense expected to rest its case today

(Newser) - Colorado theater shooter James Holmes has chosen not to testify in his death penalty trial. Holmes told Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. that he had discussed the decision with his attorneys, responding to the judge's questions with direct "Yes" and "No" answers and swiveling slightly in his... More »

Holmes Defense Tries to Block 'Wrenching' Testimony

Lawyer doesn't want jury to hear about grief of young victim's mother

(Newser) - Defense attorneys for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes want to severely limit the testimony of a woman who was paralyzed, suffered a miscarriage , and whose 6-year-old daughter died in the attack. They say significant parts of Ashley Moser's testimony will unfairly bias jurors because they are too heart-wrenching and... More »

Seconds Before Shooting, Holmes Called Crisis Line

Massacre carried out 'on autopilot,' he told psychiatrist

(Newser) - James Holmes thought he might be stopped before the Dark Knight massacre and he "kind of" regrets that he wasn't. In hours of interviews from last year being presented at his murder trial, Holmes tells a psychiatrist that as he donned body armor outside the theater, he thought... More »

James Holmes: 'My Mind Was Kind of Falling Apart'

Jurors see videotaped interview with psychiatrist

(Newser) - James Holmes said his "mind was kind of falling apart" and he began to have homicidal thoughts months before he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater, according to a video excerpt presented yesterday at his murder trial. Holmes told a state-appointed psychiatrist in... More »

Dark Knight Shooter's Diary Finally Opened

Sane or insane? Both sides say diary helps case

(Newser) - Was James Holmes in the grip of madness when he massacred 12 moviegoers in 2012, or had he coldly planned the rampage for months? Both sides in the Dark Knight shooter's trial say the gunman's diary helps their case, and on Tuesday, prosecutors entered it into evidence and... More »

Biggest Question in Dark Knight Shooting Trial: Why?

After 'cocoon,' trial of James Holmes begins today

(Newser) - The trial of James Holmes begins today, nearly three years after he massacred moviegoers in Aurora, Colo . The case has been in what the Denver Post calls "a kind of cocoon " since soon after the 27-year-old killed 12 people and injured 70 others during a midnight showing of... More »

James Holmes' Parents: 'He Is Not a Monster'

He's mentally ill and should not be executed, write Robert and Arlene Holmes

(Newser) - With their son's trial set to start in a month, the parents of suspected Aurora theater shooter James Holmes make a plea for his life in the Denver Post today. "He is not a monster," write Robert and Arlene Holmes. "He is a human being gripped... More »

Aurora Victim's Parents Go After Ammo Suppliers

Suit: They 'negligently, unlawfully' sold items to James Holmes

(Newser) - James Holmes is a "patently dangerous homicidal man" who should never have been able to buy thousands of rounds of ammunition, tear gas, and body armor, argues a suit filed yesterday against four companies that supplied the accused Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter with those items. The suit was... More »

Limbaugh: Clinton Staged Shoe-Throwing

Suspect disrupted Holmes hearing in 2012

(Newser) - Is Hillary Clinton gearing up for a White House run by having stooges chuck shoes at her? That appears to be Rush Limbaugh's theory: He told listeners yesterday that he has "people telling me her reaction wasn’t natural," Politico reports. He explained that he found it... More »

Big Debate: Is Holmes' 'Smirk' Evidence?

Prosecutors say it shows he was happy with massacre

(Newser) - When a handcuffed James Holmes was asked by one cop whether he had acted alone in the Aurora theater shooting that had ended only minutes before, Holmes said nothing but gave what the officer yesterday described as "a self-satisfying offensive smirk." A prosecutor at Holmes' hearing argued that... More »

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