James Holmes was found guilty of all 165 murder and attempted murder charges Thursday, almost three years to the day of the 2012 movie theater incident in Aurora, Colorado.
James Holmes guilty on all 165 counts in 2012 Colorado theater massacre`
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) July 16, 2015
Twelve were left dead and 70 more were injured in a spray of hundreds of bullets and a fog of tear gas on July 20, 2012 at the Aurora Century 16 theater. This was the same evening The Dark Knight Rises premiered in theaters, KCNC reported.
Holmes was found guilty of 24 counts of first-degree murder, two for each victim. He was also found guilty of 140 charges of attempted murder, one count of possession of explosives and one count of a crime of violence. Fox News pointed out that the jury reached their verdict in less than two days.
Here are the names of those killed in the shooting:
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- Jonathan T. Blunk, 26
- Alexander J. Boik, 18
- Air Force Staff Sgt Jesse E. Childress, 29
- Gordon W. Cowden, 51
- Jessica Ghawi, 24
- Petty Officer 3rd Class John Thomas Larimer, 27
- Matthew R. McQuinn, 27
- Micayla C. Medek, 23
- Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6
- Alex M. Sullivan, 27
- Alexander C. Teves, 24
- Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32
Holmes’ defense attorneys were arguing their client was not guilty by reason of insanity. Had they been successful, he would have likely served the rest of his life in a mental health facility. By finding Holmes guilty of at least one murder charge, the trial moves to a sentencing phase to determine if he will face the rest of his life in prison, the death penalty or an alternate option, KUSA noted. That phase will begin on July 20, exactly three years to the day of the tragedy.
KCNC also pointed out that prosecutors offered Holmes a guilty plea in March 2013 in exchange for a life sentence, but his attorneys denied the offer.
During the trial, 9,000 people were screened for jury duty, a judge was replaced, and five jurors were dismissed. The trial itself began in April and was presided over in the end by Arapahoe Judge Carlos Armandy Samour, Jr.
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