Thursday, 16 July 2015

Jury finds James Holmes guilty of first-degree murder in theater shooting

The man who opened fire inside an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater three years ago is about to learn his fate.
James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, faces 165 charges in the July 2012 shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 injured.
Jurors reached a verdict Thursday. The judge has called the court back into session to read the verdict.
The verdict was reached in almost 12½ hours: The jury began deliberations Wednesday morning.
Thursday afternoon, survivors and friends and family of the victims began arriving in court to await the reading of the verdict.
By virtue of his insanity plea, the now 27-year-old Holmes has never denied he was behind the killings. But given his mental state, his lawyers have argued that he should not be found culpable.
"The evidence is clear that he could not control his thoughts, he could not control his actions, and he could not control his perceptions," defense attorney Dan King said during closing arguments. See more pictures from the victims families and friends.

HENRY E. J Williams

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