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Colorado theater shooter James Holmes appears in court, with his attorney Daniel King, to be formally sentenced, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 in Centennial, Colo.  Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Judge Carlos Samour Jr.  Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 others in the July 20, 2012 ambush.  (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

“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.”

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Care Teeves, whose son Alex was killed in the Aurora Theatre Shooting hugs, District Attorney George Brauchler at the Arapahoe County Justice Center on Aug. 7, 2015 in Centennial, CO. (Photo by Trevor L Davis/Aurora Sentinel)

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.

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District Attorney George Brauchler speaks with members of the media following the reading of the jury's decision for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, outside the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Holmes will be sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury failed to agree on whether he should get the death penalty. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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 […]

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Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler addresses the media with victims and prosecution staff behind him, after the sentencing verdict hearing on Friday Aug. 07, 2015 at Arapahoe County Justice Center.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

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 […]

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Theresa Hoover, AJ Boik's mother, and Bill Hoover, Boik's grandfather, walk into the Arapahoe County Justice Center for the sentencing of James Holmes.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

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 […]

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In this image taken from video, prosecutor George Brauchler, right, gestures to James Holmes, who sits second from left, a picture displayed above showing the twelve victims of the Colorado theater shooting, during closing arguments in the sentencing phase of the Holmes trial, in Centennial, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

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. […]

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In this image taken from video, Tom Sullivan, right, gives testimony, as picture is displayed on the wall of his late son Alex, who was killed by Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, who sits fifth from left in a dark shirt, during Holmes' trial, in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Alex Sullivan went to the movie theater to celebrate his 27th birthday and his first wedding anniversary, his father testified. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

AURORA | Jurors in the Aurora theater shooting trial heard gut-wrenching testimony Tuesday from the relatives of five of the 12 people killed in the July 2012 shooting. District Attorney George Brauchler told the jury during brief opening arguments in this final phase of James Holmes’ trial that the testimony would offer them some insight […]

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