Theater shooting trial day 64: The life-or-death verdict for James Holmes
NOTE: This video is a placeholder, waiting to begin until the three-hours warning is issued by the court that a verdict was reached. Will James Holmes be put to death by lethal injection for the 12 people he killed inside an Aurora, Colorado movie theater? Or will the jury send him to prison for the rest of his life?Jurors are about to come face-to-face with the ultimate decision in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial: "Should James Eagan Holmes be put to death by lethal injection?"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. 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
If the verdict is death, we will need a new governor to carry out the verdict.
by Marti8/7/2015 9:07:14 PM
less than 2 hrs
by Emmet8/7/2015 9:07:15 PM
What is the cost comparison to him living out the rest of his life, say possibly 60 years, in prison versus appeals?
by Marti8/7/2015 9:07:21 PM
Wow, that was fast. Just want to say thanks to Denver 7, Phil, Anica, Marshall, everyone. Coverage was awesome. I am going to miss everyone on this chatroom, but I am glad this is over.
by MyraJ8/7/2015 9:07:22 PM
Anyone anticipating an outburst in the CR today?
by Resa8/7/2015 9:07:24 PM
JH is probably going to show any emotion period! He hasn't so far.
by Tjq8/7/2015 9:07:25 PM
Goodness, that's a hard survey question. Can't answer it yet. My finger is hovering over Yes, then No, then Yes, etc.
by MyraJ8/7/2015 9:17:07 PM
I think death will be carried out once appeals windows are exhausted. Besides, they don't have enough appeal wiggle room to work with. You won't find mistakes in record. Samour runs a tight ship.
by Ibby8/7/2015 9:17:21 PM
I agree with all the posters comments on the job done by Phil, Anica and the others in presenting this live feed and blog for us! Great job 7News!
by Marti8/7/2015 9:17:24 PM
Remember Brauchler told them to look at this video if they had any doubts about the DP. So at least one juror had doubts. The question is whether doubts were resolved or made firm. Respect for the jury decision no matter what. This jury has served well.
by Sophia8/7/2015 9:17:32 PM
by Tjq8/7/2015 9:17:35 PM
I couldn't stand not being able to talk about this trial for 24 hours! What are we going to do? Phil, don't leave us.....
by Sophia8/7/2015 9:17:49 PM
Thank you Channel 7, Phil and Anica for everything! You guys are amazing and you rock! It's been fun chatting with everyone! Good luck and god bless!
by TammyC8/7/2015 9:17:55 PM
Just wanted to say this has been a unique experience watching the trial this way, with all of you. Phil and Anica, thank you for your patience! ABC7 thank you for your tireless technical efforts.
by PA Watcher8/7/2015 9:17:59 PM
@flip - I would contact the FB Group 'Aurora Rise' -- for info on assistance
@flip, here is what I found: "A new fund to help the victims of the Aurora theater shooting has begun accepting donations. It's called the National Compassion Fund/Aurora, and organizers say one hundred percent of the money that's donated will go directly to the victims. The opening of the fund coincides with the trial of the shooter, which begins today and is expected to last for several months.
To donate, visit NationalCompassionFund.org or text SURVIVOR to 84465.
The fund was founded by the National Center for Crime Victims, as well as the victims of several massacres, including 9/11 and the shootings in Newtown and at Virginia Tech. Executive director Mai Fernandez says it was the victims themselves who came up with the idea."
by Liz8/7/2015 9:19:34 PM
I think we need to fast forward and read the verdict, I don't really see the point of all these questions they are akin the girl, what does this have anything to do with being victimized?
by tmt8/7/2015 9:19:39 PM
Also, applying cost issues to death penalties is a silly fallacy.
by Ibby8/7/2015 9:19:41 PM
@flip...here is the fund that was initially set up, I don't know if it is still going, but there is a phone number included. Warning though...some of the families didn't receive any of the funds, there were a lot of issues when the $5million raised was administered and how it was administered.
by Marsha Laurienti8/7/2015 9:19:48 PM
@Phil Do you have a clip from today? With the request from the jury?
by Sally Mander8/7/2015 9:19:57 PM
@SallyMander: Oscar is preparing that now
by Phil Tenser8/7/2015 9:20:02 PM
@Resa...I expect the victims to be very emotional and Arlene Holmes to break down...Jimmy didn't just kill 12 people in the theater...my guess is he has killed his mother's spirit as well.
by PA Watcher8/7/2015 9:20:03 PM
I have to keep signing in to make comments.
by Tjq8/7/2015 9:20:05 PM
@Marti...in the most ironical twist ever, it could be Brauchler that signs his death warrant
by Marshall Zelingervia twitter8/7/2015 9:21:47 PM
I'm anticipating some audible cries. On a separate note, the verdict was reached so fast!! The jury is done with JH's fair and impartial trial that has taken up months and months of their "admonished" lives. The final phase is coming, Jimmy, and justice WILL be done.
by Kristle8/7/2015 9:23:09 PM
If DP, then I hope it will be later on tonight!!!
by Ibby8/7/2015 9:23:11 PM
We need a different Governor to carry a DP through
by TLR8/7/2015 9:23:14 PM
Thank you, 123
by flip8/7/2015 9:23:15 PM
And to the cost of DP vs LPWP ...who can really put a price on the victims ... the lost lives? I know I can't... and I am from Colorado!
by Sally Mander8/7/2015 9:23:18 PM
@FPsych - they can appeal all they want, but don't you think the appeals will be denied? What can they possibly appeal?
by Nadine8/7/2015 9:23:20 PM
@Phil - do you expect any witnesses for either side to testify at the sentencing hearing?
by mandi8/7/2015 9:23:21 PM
@mandi: Not this one... there will be a future sentencing for the attempted murder counts