Suspect Emerges

Century 16 Theatre in Aurora,  Colorado July 20, 2012.  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)

The gunman was sentenced in August to 12 consecutive life terms for killing 12 people and wounding 70 others at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in July 2012. Jurors quickly rejected his insanity defense but they could not unanimously agree on imposing the death penalty.

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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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Psychiatrist Raquel Gur returned to the stand Tuesday, July 7, in the trial of James Holmes in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial.

10:35 a.m. update AURORA | A psychiatrist who specializes in schizophrenia told jurors in the Aurora theater shooting trial that James Holmes’ inconsistent behavior for different doctors made sense considering his changing mental state. Raquel Gur said Holmes was a markedly different person from one interview with doctors to the next, a common issue with mentally-ill […]

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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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In this image taken from video, accused Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, on the far left, listens to testimony during his trial, in Centennial, Colo., Thursday, June 25, 2015. Holmes arrived at court minus his normal full beard.  (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

AURORA | The first psychiatrist who evaluated James Holmes after the Aurora theater shooting testified Thursday that the accused gunman’s mental illness was “very severe” and he was psychotic. “It was my impression that he was mentally ill, he was severely mentally ill, and that he had a psychotic illness,” Dr. Jonathan Woodcock testified Thursday. […]

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Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler asks questions of Aurora theater shooting victim Ashley Moser (holding microphone) on Friday, June 19, 2015, during the trial of James Holmes in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial.

AURORA | Ashley Moser — who was paralyzed and whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Aurora theater shooting — testified Friday, the last witness in the trial of shooter James Holmes to take the stand before prosecutors rested their case. Moser, sitting in a wheelchair, detailed how excited she was in the hours before […]

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