“Two separate girls: one taken from us and one who wants to give to us,” Brauchler said, who said events such as the lemonade stand give him hope that Aurora be defined by positive events such as the one on Saturday. “I’m impressed by that and I am moved by that.”
“There’s no reliable way we can identify those few who will pick up a gun and start shooting people from the vast number who might seem odd or unusual or even scary,” said James Alan Fox, a Northeastern University criminologist who has studied and written about mass killings. “You can’t predict it. Did they do everything they could have? That’s another question.”
With James Holmes’ criminal trial complete, the legal focus in the Aurora theater shooting fallout will shift to the civil courts, where several lawsuits have been on hold pending the end of the criminal trial.
In the years since the Aurora theater shooting, commentators from across the political spectrum have tossed out policy prescriptions that they say could have prevented the attack.
Today, just three men — Nathan Dunlap, Robert Ray and Sir Mario Owens — are on Colorado’s death row. And all of three of those men committed their crimes in Aurora and were prosecuted and eventually sentenced to die in Arapahoe County court, making Colorado’s third-largest city the epicenter of any debate over the death penalty.
CENTENNIAL | A Colorado jury on Friday sentenced 27-year-old James Holmes to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012. How some victims’ relatives and public officials reacted: “While I am disappointed with the outcome, I am not disappointed […]
AURORA | After swiftly convicting him and moving through the sentencing phase, jurors in the trial of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes spared him from the death penalty Friday. The jury said they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict after almost a day of deliberation. Now the man who killed 12 and wounded 70 others in […]
AURORA | After less than a full day of deliberating, jurors in the trial of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes have reached a verdict on the convicted mass murderer’s fate. A spokesman for the state’s courts announced at 2 p.m. that jurors had completed the verdict forms. Judge Carlos Samour will take the bench to […]
AURORA | Lawyers for James Holmes made one final plea to jurors Thursday to spare the convicted mass murderer’s life. Public defender Tamara Brady said she didn’t want to diminish the killings of 12 people in the July 2012 attack, but she pleaded with the jury to give Holmes a life sentence instead of death. […]