The verdict is finally in. After almost three years, James Holmes has been found guilty of murdering 12 innocent movie-goers as well as wounding 70 others — some of them critically — in a mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado theater in 2012.
On July 16, jurors decided James Holmes is indeed responsible for the death of a dozen individuals and for wounding 70 others in a horrific act of terror. He faced two counts of first-degree murder for each of his 12 victims. The jury found him guilty on all 24 counts. They came to this conclusion after much debate and deliberation. The 27-year-old had pleaded not guilty on reason of insanity prior to the ruling.
The verdict was announced close to the three-year anniversary of the deplorable attack, when James snuck into a midnight showing of the Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, and opened fire on the entire theater. His lawyers have done their best to argue that his actions were induced by a psychotic break.
Helping the jury come to a decision, 70 survivors gave testimonials over the course of three months. Telling stories of horror and heartbreak, they each took the stand to testify against James — and help find justice. Now the jury enters a sentencing phase, where one of two decisions will be made for James: either life in prison without parole or the death penalty.
A couple of state-appointed forensic scientists have closely monitored James since the shooting occurred, hoping to determine whether or not he was mentally ill. While they found hat he is definitely sick, they also discovered that he is more than capable of comprehending the difference between right and wrong.
HollywoodLifers — what do YOU think of the jury’s verdict on James Holmes and his shooting on the Aurora, Colorado movie theater in 2012? Let us know your thoughts!
— Evan Real