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DENVER  | Democrats rejected a proposal to make it tougher for Colorado defendants to be found not guilty by reason of insanity by putting the burden of proof on defense attorneys, instead of prosecutors. A House committee voted 7-4 against the bill Wednesday, citing constitutional and due-process concerns. Republican Rep. Frank McNulty says the mass […]

AURORA | Federal officials today announced a $2.9 million grant to Colorado aimed at helping victims of the July 20 theater shooting in Aurora. The grant from the Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime will go to the Colorado Department of Public Safety to help more than 1,500 people effected by the […]

AURORA | The city of Aurora is planning a study of the response to the Colorado theater shootings amid questions about why emergency medical personnel didn’t get into the theater until nearly 24 minutes after the attack. The Aurora City Council gave initial approval to the $250,000 study Monday night. Officials say the results could […]

AURORA  | The mother and uncle of a teenager who was killed in the Aurora movie theater shooting are planning to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday. The Denver Post reports Theresa and Dave Hoover, who lost 18-year-old AJ Boik in the July 20 massacre, already planned to be in Washington, D.C., […]

AURORA | Aurora City Council members at their winter meeting Feb. 9 will discuss the possibility of opening a mental health and victim assistance center for victims of the July 20 theater shooting at the vacant Hoffman Heights Library. The “Resiliency Center” is planned for the lower level of the Hoffman Heights library, and it […]

AURORA | The July 20 theater shooting caused an almost 2 percent spike in crime last year, according to preliminary data Aurora police released Tuesday. Without counting the shooting crime across the city actually fell by 1.3 percent, APD said. But when July 20 is included, crime ticked up 1.9 percent. In all, the theater […]

Guests fill the lobby of the Century Aurora cinema, formerly the Century 16, for a reopening and remembrance ceremony Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 in Aurora, Colo. The theater is where 12 people were killed and dozens injured in a shooting rampage last July. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

“The last time I saw (the gunman) was right here,” he said as he stood near the exit door. “It’s important for me to come here and sit in the same seat that I was sitting in. It’s all part of the healing process, I guess.”

Theresa Hoover (back right) and other family members of Aurora shooting victims wipe away tears during a press conference Dec. 21 at the Colorado State Capitol. State lawmakers and victims of the Aurora theater shooting called for tougher gun control Friday.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“It’s too easy for criminals to get access to dangerous weapons. We need to do something about that,” said Fields, whose son and his fiancee were gunned down in 2005.

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