James Holmes Found Guilty of Movie Theater Shooting in Colorado

Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo
Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. AP PHOTO/THE DENVER POST, ANDY CROSS

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – James Holmes has been found guilty of the movie theater shooting in Colorado that left 12 dead and 70 wounded.

The families of those killed and injured in the Colorado theater shooting were at the courthouse in suburban Denver where Holmes’ verdict was read around 5:15 p.m.

The jury heard 11 weeks of testimony. The nine women and three men reached their decision Thursday after deliberating for about a day and a half.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 20, 2012, shootings. He killed 12, and 70 were wounded. It ranks as one of the nation’s deadliest shootings.

The trial now enters a sentencing phase with testimony about whether he should be sent to prison for life or sentenced to death. Jurors make that decision.

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