Day 61 in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial – People vs. James Eagan Holmes. Today, prosecutors will call family members of the 12 victims who were killed.Jurors have already confirmed they found aggravating factors in the mass shooting for which they convicted the gunman. They also confirmed that any mitigating factors that might exist do not outweigh the aggravating factors. This round of testimony is the third and final phase before jurors decide on the death penalty.Holmes was convicted on 165 counts including murder and attempted murder for the shooting that killed 12 and injured 70 others during a midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. His defense attorneys unsuccessfully argued that he was insane at the time of the shooting. 7NEWS and TheDenverChannel.com will have gavel to gavel coverage of the trial starting at 8:30a.m. (MST) everyday and ending around 5:30 p.m. (MST) Watch new live video on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/7NewsDenver/live Additional resources:LIVE VIDEO & BLOG: http://bit.ly/theatertrialTIMELINE of the case: http://bit.ly/theatertimelineJURY PROFILE: http://bit.ly/theaterjury CONTINUING COVERAGE: http://bit.ly/theatercoverage
@BluesB- I was just wondering where she was the day of the shooting- was she out looking for her husband like her FIL was?
by Victoria8/4/2015 5:39:17 PM
Enjoy your lunch, Jimmy.
by flip8/4/2015 5:39:18 PM
I like the way people imitate AC because he is so good. Higgs imitated him with Dr Reid, Brady just imitated him with his hands behind his back and when she delivered her Phase 2 closing. LOL
by Suzanne8/4/2015 5:39:22 PM
Hope I have time to watch more. Going to the dr. for injections in back 😏
by Tjq8/4/2015 5:39:31 PM
after all of this, i feel like alex was one of my friends. after hearing from his dad, i feel everyone alex encountered in any way was a friend to him. we need more alex's in the world.
by blue8/4/2015 5:39:34 PM
Kat-'right there with ya. I may not even be able to stop at "rude & insensitive..." if I saw her.
by BluesB 8/4/2015 5:40:30 PM
by Della (Me)8/4/2015 5:40:32 PM
Joined late today, but already lost it when mr Sullivan said from this point on he's only getting older.
by Sophia8/4/2015 5:40:33 PM
Will catch up on more comments in a moment, I'm getting videos ready
by Phil Tenser8/4/2015 5:50:10 PM
Tammy, the hands behind the back that you see with Brauchler is 100% military.
by Sophia8/4/2015 6:10:29 PM
I think it's disgusting how they are interrupting these people. I know... It's there job, but come on. If I was a jury member I'd be pissed all to hell
by Hill8/4/2015 6:10:33 PM
Really hard to hold it together here at work...
by Della (Me)8/4/2015 6:10:34 PM
@bluesb that last statement hit me hard. really hard.
by blue8/4/2015 6:10:34 PM
Oh no, I lost my feed.
by Resa8/4/2015 6:10:36 PM
@ Victoria -'gotcha. Sorry - don't know either. ..
by BluesB 8/4/2015 6:10:37 PM
@Hill--No, you are not alone. I think many of us are crying today.
by flip8/4/2015 6:10:38 PM
“Well, I think I’m one of those guys who has that Peter Pan syndrome, who never wants to grow up. And I got to do that for a long time, and I think [my wife] got tired of it, but then Alex came along so I had somebody new, to do that. So, as we grew older, we never had to grow up. But on the morning that he was murdered, I was forced then to have to grow up. And so from this point on, all I’m doing is getting older.”
by Eric S.8/4/2015 6:10:40 PM
Sorry , I had to type the whole thing out.
by Eric S.8/4/2015 6:10:42 PM
I watched/listened to yesterday's video. It would skip around/ahead. Just letting Phil know, in case nobody had reported that.
by MacGruber8/4/2015 6:10:50 PM
Excellent legal analysis today- thank you, once again.
by Mr.D.8/4/2015 6:10:50 PM
Just a shout out to Phil and Marshall for their coverage of this trial - as a relative of one of the victims and living out of state being able to watch it on here and your unbiased coverage. Thanks for being there through all this with us.
by jacob wilwert8/4/2015 6:10:55 PM
I'd be kicked off the jury by now, only watched 5 minutes so far but already used ½ box of Kleenex.
by Sophia8/4/2015 6:11:05 PM
@marshall, i did the same thing.. she was up for at last 2.75 mins.
by blue8/4/2015 6:11:08 PM
It sounds heartless, but they have to object...
by Lynn8/4/2015 6:11:10 PM
Mr. Sullivan makes me want to be a better father to my two daughters. I want to hug them tighter and love them more than I have already.
by Tired8/4/2015 6:11:13 PM
Just watched Higgs' opening statement (thanks Phil). So now he is 'this young man'? soon he will be 'this poor child'.
7NEWSFamily members are sharing the deeply personal stories of how they learned their loved ones were killed in Theater 9.
by Phil Tenser8/4/2015 6:11:18 PM
@ Lynn - according to the legal team on channel 7 is you have the right to object, but don't have to. He also recommends being very careful and do it wisely. The DT seems to go on and on.
by Suzanne8/4/2015 6:35:58 PM
Don't understand how it was suppose to hearsay when it was what he said, not what others said to him.
by Tammy Garrison8/4/2015 6:36:04 PM
@Phil .... What time is lunch break scheduled to be over?
by LG8/4/2015 6:36:08 PM
by Phil Tenser8/4/2015 6:36:41 PM
I think the DT has given up on the jury. They are making as many objections as they can in the hope that something will stick on appeal.
by Puglove8/4/2015 6:43:42 PM
Did Mr. Sullivan say that Sully was a married man?
by Resa8/4/2015 6:45:49 PM
Is court still on a break?
by Sandy8/4/2015 6:45:50 PM
@Sandy: yes until about 1
by Phil Tenser8/4/2015 6:46:04 PM
Hearsay is an out of court statement offered to prove the matter asserted. So a witness' own statement can definitely be hearsay.
by Sophia8/4/2015 6:47:29 PM
Yes Sully was married
by Sara Osborne8/4/2015 6:47:30 PM
@resa yes he was married
by Dkf8/4/2015 6:47:31 PM
I agree Puglove
by Sara Osborne8/4/2015 6:47:32 PM
is anyone else sick of hearing the DT say "he didn't ask for this mental illness" i didn't ask for an alcoholic father or a sister who suffered from severe depression but that's life you deal with the problems you are given and he chose not to get help
by jacob wilwert8/4/2015 6:56:07 PM
I would be interested to know if JH's mother is in the courtroom how she is reacting to the testimony.
by trl28/4/2015 6:56:09 PM
I have to mute Higgs, her 2 minute opening statement is lathered with fake emotion for poor Jimmy. Acid re-flux already, Higgs.
by Resa8/4/2015 6:56:10 PM
@Resa not to mention her 2 minute opening was more like 3 minutes I guess because the DT is under the impression that they deserve more time than the PT.
by Della (Me)8/4/2015 7:01:25 PM
Higgs opening statement for this phase was offensive to the victims and their families. If I were on the jury I would have been nauseated.
by mld8/4/2015 7:02:44 PM
I know DT has to do their job but to me, PT has been so much more reserved, diplomatic and tactful. DT is overblown, exaggerated, often baseless & melodramatic. This is the victims & survivors time. I want DT to sit down and shut up. I realize they can't always, but they are scoring NO POINTS w/the jury, in my view. It's pretty remarkable when PT has to withhold testimony due to cause of jury getting too emotional...Yet DT exaggerates & shooter makes up stories and researches insanity laws in CO state, simply to try to squeeze a drop of emotion. 'Jury gets it. I have faith in them ('can't say that for Higgs' acting career, though). She says "he didn't "CHOOSE" mental illness. 'Beg to differ, Ma'am. He researched a menu of legal mental illness possibilities, (yes, it's in the record) then he selected one major illness - schizophrenia, plus a few accompanying conditions to make it complex (like hair pulling-'never saw an ounce of evidence for that BS), & of course, symptoms to accompany. I LOVE that the jury isn't buying what Jimmy & DT are selling. 'Just wish it weren't too late for the victims.