Colorado Shooter James Holmes Eligible for Death Penalty, Jury Finds

Source: AP
Source: AP

On Monday, jurors in Colorado unanimously voted that James Holmes, the man responsible for the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, that left 12 dead, will be eligible for the death penalty. 

Under Colorado law, any case involving the death penalty is determined in three phases. Following Monday's decision, a third phase of sentencing will next determine whether Holmes will be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Holmes attacked a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July 30, 2012, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in the largest number of casualties in a shooting in the United States. When Holmes pled not guilty by reason of insanity, CNN reported the gunman showed no remorse or emotion for his actions.

James Holmes appeared in court July 17, where the jury rejected his plea of insanity in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting.
Source: 
RJ Sangosti/AP

Due to his plea of insanity, Holmes has never taken accountability for the Colorado massacre that rocked the United States and ignited a national debate on gun control

Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour read the jury's decision in court Monday afternoon, telling jurors the trial could last through August before a final sentencing is made.

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Chris Riotta

Chris Riotta is a culture reporter at Mic, covering news, music and entertainment. He is based in New York and can be reached at criotta@mic.com

MORE FROM

8 of the biggest moments from the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March

The biggest Pride event in the world was a sight to behold.

Movement for Black Lives activists disrupt Minneapolis Pride to protest Philando Castile verdict

Protesters reportedly held signs with messages like "No KKKops at Pride."

Protesters reportedly arrested near NYC's Stonewall Inn, Pride March endpoint

The reason for the arrests were not immediately known.

Marchers arrested in Istanbul as Pride parade continues despite cancellation

The organizers' decision to move forward with the previously cancelled march led to clashes with police.

Car slams into Eid celebrants in UK, injuring 6; police say terrorism isn't suspected

Police say they believe an Eid celebrant was behind the wheel of the car that injured six outside a mosque.

Oil truck explodes in Pakistan, killing at least 153

The deadly fire broke out as residents rushed to collect the leaking oil from the overturned tanker.

8 of the biggest moments from the 48th NYC LGBT Pride March

The biggest Pride event in the world was a sight to behold.

Movement for Black Lives activists disrupt Minneapolis Pride to protest Philando Castile verdict

Protesters reportedly held signs with messages like "No KKKops at Pride."

Protesters reportedly arrested near NYC's Stonewall Inn, Pride March endpoint

The reason for the arrests were not immediately known.

Marchers arrested in Istanbul as Pride parade continues despite cancellation

The organizers' decision to move forward with the previously cancelled march led to clashes with police.

Car slams into Eid celebrants in UK, injuring 6; police say terrorism isn't suspected

Police say they believe an Eid celebrant was behind the wheel of the car that injured six outside a mosque.

Oil truck explodes in Pakistan, killing at least 153

The deadly fire broke out as residents rushed to collect the leaking oil from the overturned tanker.