Around Aurora


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 […]


Matt Dolezal, right, a theater shooting survivor, takes a tai chi class from Jacqui Shumway on Friday July 10, 2015 at Aurora Strong Resilience Center.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

A year after the attack, the Resilience Center — a partnership between Aurora Mental Health, the city of Aurora, Anschutz Wellness Center and Colorado Organization for Victims Assistance — opened in the basement of the old Hoffman Heights Library at 1298 Peoria Street offering free services for any Aurora resident — not just people who were in the theater.


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3:49 p.m. update: CENTENNIAL | Public defender Dan King made District Attorney George Brauchler’s closing remarks for the prosecution a key part of his closing argument on behalf of his client, Aurora theater shooter James Holmes. King began his closing speech, opting to use the courtroom’s lectern, by quoting Aldous Huxley: “Facts do not cease […]


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.”