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Theater Shooter Facing Death Penalty

By April 2, 2013

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Rejecting a guilty plea offer from the accused, Colorado prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for the 25-year-old man who killed 12 people at an Aurora movie theater in July. James Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting during a Batman movie.

For each victim, Holmes is charged with one count of premeditated murder and one count of murder with extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Last week, Holmes' attorney said his client would plead guilty immediately in exchange for a life-without-parole sentence. But District Attorney George Brachler rejected that offer and told the court he would be seeking the death penalty instead.

"My determination for James Eagan Holmes - justice is death," Brauchler said.

Trial Set for February 2014

Dressed as "The Joker," Holmes set off two tear gas canisters in the Century 16 theater at a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" and began shooting moviegoers. Witnesses said he specifically targeted anyone trying to exit.

He killed 12 people and wounded 58 others. He had ammunition to shot more, but his weapon jammed. He surrendered to police in the parking lot outside the theater.

The trial was originally scheduled for August 5, but after it became a death penalty case, a new judge was appointed. Judge Carlos Samour Jr. set the new trial date for Feb. 3, 2014.

See Also:
Colorado Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Accused Cinema Gunman

Earlier Articles:
Aurora Shooter Faces 24 Murder Charges
12 Killed in Colorado Theater Massacre

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April 4, 2013 at 11:46 am
(1) sue says:

what a waste of money to seek the death penalty. death penalty costs could be spent in much wiser ways than this! the US needs to cut the death penalty and let it go…an eye for an eye doesn’t work, it is a fiscal burden in this economy, and killing someone doesn’t really do anyone any good unless the killing is done in self defense. Use the death penalty money for victims, community services, police, fire departments, etc.

April 8, 2013 at 9:47 pm
(2) Josh says:

Sue says,” An eye for an eye never works.” I agree, but, this is not “an eye for an eye.” These are eyes for an eye. This man murdered a dozen innocent ppl and injured many more. Ppl like this do not deserve to live on this planet.

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