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FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. The relationship Arlene and Robert Holmes had with their son James had been strained since he was a young boy. After he left for graduate school, their communication was mostly confined to terse emails. Holmes told a psychiatrist years after his gunshots killed 12 people and injured 70 in a crowded Colorado movie theater that he doesn’t like to talk with people, even his mother and father.  (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

“This was a terrible tragedy in which great harm was caused for large numbers of people. It’s virtually impossible to divorce that question of insanity from its context,” said Valerie Hans, a Cornell Law School professor who has studied juries and the insanity plea. “I really feel for jurors who have to listen to wrenching testimony and steel themselves and look at the law and see which legal option really is the best match.”


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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2014 file photo, Arlene Holmes, left, mother of James Holmes who is charged in the killing of 12 moviegoers and the wounding of 70 others in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in Aurroa, Colo., on July 20, 2012, leaves the courtroom after a pre-trial readiness hearing in Centennial, Colo., in the murder trial of her son. After more than two months of testimony in the trial, new details have been revealed to show the strained relationship that had developed between Holmes, his parents and sister leading up to the massacre in the theatre.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File

CENTENNIAL | They show up in court every day, a visible reminder to jurors that even a killer has parents who love him and who don’t want him to die. But more than two months into his mass-murder trial, James Holmes has yet to turn around in his seat and acknowledge them. They called him Jimbo. […]


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Aurora Municipal Center.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“The Conservation Challenge is a fun and easy way to remind people about all of the different things they can do to conserve, “ Mayor Steve Hogan said. “I had no doubt Aurora would win, because we have been wise water users for decades.”


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