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James Holmes guilty of murder in Colorado theater massacre; jury to weigh death penalty

James Holmes guilty of murder in Colorado theater massacre; jury to weigh death penalty

After three months of wrenching testimony — the victims' tales of pain and loss, the careful planning of a meticulous killer — the jury weighing the fate of the Colorado theater gunman needed only 12 hours to decide that James E. Holmes was guilty of 165 counts of murder and attempted murder. The verdicts came on the second day of deliberations. Defense attorneys had argued that Holmes was insane when he carried out the rampage on July 20, 2012. Prosecutors had contended that it was possible for Holmes to be mentally ill but legally sane. The 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student, jurors decided, was sane when he stormed the suburban Denver movie theater...

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