Opinions on Tragedy

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.

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 […]

Tom Sullivan holds up a photo of his son Alex Sullivan pleading the media to help find him as family members of the victims of the Century 16 Theatre shootings in Aurora,  Colorado July 20, 2012 receive news on the status of their loved ones outside Gateway High School a few blocks from the crime.  14 people reported dead and dozens more were injured early Friday when shots rang out at an Aurora movie theater during a premiere showing of the new Batman movie. REUTERS/ Evan Semón(UNITED STATES)

I am embarrassed that I cannot begin to touch that place inside my head that would imagine how much more it sucks every day for you and your family. The place that imagines that it was my kid in that theater, along with the Teves’ and the Sullivans’. I cannot go there after watching those parents who had to

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AURORA | District Attorney George Brauchler hammered away at a defense psychiatrist Friday, arguing the doctor who deemed James Holmes insane failed to adequately evaluate the accused theater shooter. Brauchler said Jonathan Woodcock, a psychiatrist who evaluated Holmes four days after the July 2012 shooting, didn’t review the notebook Holmes mailed to his therapist or […]

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The sheer scope of the massacre and these trial proceedings themselves have taken the characteristic of a war crimes trial. Holmes admittedly unleashed so much pain and suffering, the only questions left deal with whether he was psychologically incapable of stopping himself, how that could happen, and how is it he remained at large and able to pull off such an attack without others stopping him