Aurora theater massacre

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Boycott Urged After Theater Seeks $700K From Shooting Victims

'Don't add to their $194 million profit while they come after Aurora victims'

(Newser) - Calls for a boycott of Cinemark are gaining steam after it was revealed this week that the country's third-largest theater chain was seeking to recoup $700,000 in legal fees from the victims of the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting, the Guardian reports. “Please boycott Cinemark," tweets... More »

Theater Wants $700K From Aurora Shooting Victims

Cinemark is seeking to recoup legal fees after winning a civil suit

(Newser) - Cinemark, owner of the Aurora Century 16 movie theater where 12 people were killed in a 2012 mass shooting, is seeking nearly $700,000 in legal fees from victims and their families, Deadline reports. According to the Denver Post , more than two-dozen survivors and parents of those killed sued the... More »

Jury Rules Aurora Theater Didn't Need Armed Guards

Cinemark won't have to pay victims of the 2012 mass shooting

(Newser) - One of the nation's largest movie chains will not have to pay the victims of the 2012 Colorado movie theater shooting after a jury ruled in its favor Thursday, CBS Denver reports. According to the Denver Post , 28 plaintiffs comprised of victims wounded in the shooting and the families... More »

James Holmes Ordered to Pay Victims $955K

It's unlikely it'll ever happen, though

(Newser) - Colorado theater shooter James Holmes has been ordered to pay about $955,000 in restitution to the victims of his 2012 movie theater shooting—money that will never likely be paid by the imprisoned mass killer. District Court Judge Carlos A. Samour made the order Friday. He presided over Holmes'... More »

James Holmes Attacked in Prison

Inmate lunged in hallway, officials say

(Newser) - James Holmes currently has a cell block to himself in Colorado's highest-security state prison—but he was still assaulted by another inmate. Department of Corrections officials have confirmed to the Denver Post that the mass murderer was attacked by inmate Mark "Slim" Daniels in a hallway, who lunged... More »

James Holmes' Booby-Trapped Apartment Revealed

Police found more than 20 explosives and incendiaries rigged to blow

(Newser) - Evidence released in the wake of James Holmes' sentencing last month gives a shocking look at the deadly booby-traps the 27-year-old Aurora theater shooter had placed around his Colorado apartment. ABC News reports the apartment contained black balls filled with smokeless powder and gasoline; pickle jars containing bullets, thermite, and... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mass Shootings Have Nearly Tripled Since '06: FBI

Most are over before cops arrive, report finds

(Newser) - Mass shootings really are on the rise, according to a new FBI report. There has been an average of nearly one mass shooting a month in America this century and the rate has risen dramatically in recent years, the report released yesterday says. The agency says it identified a total... 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 »

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 »

James Holmes' Lawyers: He Was Aurora Gunman

But he was suffering from a 'psychotic episode'

(Newser) - For the first time, James Holmes' lawyers have acknowledged that he was the gunman in the Aurora theater massacre. But he "suffers from a severe mental illness and was in the throes of a psychotic episode when he committed the acts that resulted in the tragic loss of life... More »

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