James Holmes Found Guilty Of Murder In Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

On Thursday, a jury found James Holmes guilty of murder in the first degree for the killings of a dozen people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in July of 2012. He will now enter the sentencing phase of his trial which will decide whether he will spend life in prison without parole or face the death penalty.


Holmes had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and jurors heard testimony from psychiatric experts called by both the court and the defense. Holmes’ attorneys argued that he suffered from schizophrenia and was in the midst of a psychotic episode at the time of the shootings that propelled him to kill. They drew on testimony from doctors and jail workers who described his bizarre behavior, such as referring to himself as “the Joker,” before and after the attack.


But prosecutors focused on his elaborate planning of the attack and the forethought that went into rigging his apartment with explosives as an elaborate booby trap to show that even if he was severely mentally ill, he knew right from wrong at the time of the attack.


2 replies on “James Holmes Found Guilty Of Murder In Colorado Movie Theater Massacre”

I’ve always thought that just because some one is crazy it doesn’t mean they were not fully aware of what they were doing, and that they should still be held accountable/responsible for what they did.
It seems like too often the insanity plea has just been a great cop-out for criminals.

Problem I have is that I think the death penalty is barbarous. Doesn’t matter what you do, you can’t get the lives of those people back- if you let the relatives hack him to bits with a cleaver it wouldn’t make them feel better. Once you have that, the only reason you kill someone is vengeance, and we are better than that.. we are always better than them..

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