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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
write to the governor, the legislators, all who allow the beautiful state of CO to be tainted by the icruel and crude law of a death penalty. it is making CO a killing field of its own citizens.
by green chair8/7/2015 10:31:30 PM
@KA Yes sorry, I meant LWOP. Been a long trial. Why does the Court need a jury, if whatever decision is made, it can just be appealed? OMG !! He did it. We are not trying to prove guilt here...
by Carolet in Denver8/7/2015 10:31:32 PM
I hope death
by I hope death8/7/2015 10:31:34 PM
I wish we could all hold hands while we are waiting! I want him to get DP, but I will be fine with LWOP. I am satisfied this jury has worked hard, paid attention, and done their job properly. I am just glad he was convicted and will be held accountable for his actions, with either sentence.
by Sophia8/7/2015 10:31:37 PM
I am watching from Edmonton Canada. Great Media Coverage to a sad story
by malon8/7/2015 10:31:38 PM
I know that 7News is too classy to do this & won't, but I pray that when verdict is read, shooter's freak face isn't shown-ONLY VICTIM FACES. Other media outlets have been giving his mug shot & baboon hair total celebrity status again in the past 24 hrs. 'Can't stop seeing the praying mantis-eyes Ugh.
by BluesB 8/7/2015 10:31:48 PM
My hat's off to Judge Samour. What an amazing jurist. The citizens of Arapahoe County, Colorado are lucky to have such a man.
by Resa8/7/2015 10:31:54 PM
@Alex, 1 AM
by Redo8/7/2015 10:31:56 PM
Well I guess this is the end after 15 weeks. I honestly have no doubt in my mind that the jury reached a death penalty verdict.
by EZ8/7/2015 10:32:02 PM
I wish all my fellow D7 bloggers, good health, happiness and peace.
by Resa8/7/2015 10:32:03 PM
OK. I need to let some steam out of the pressure cooker. Does it seem to anyone else that the victims have less 'rights' than the defendants? None of the victims can appeal their deaths.
by Carolet in Denver8/7/2015 10:32:07 PM
Thanks Phil. I hope not...! We all are a new family (& a perfectly dysfunctional one at that! 'Perfect in our arguing, disagreeing at times, etc.). Ha! 'Said with love & affection...of course.
by BluesB 8/7/2015 10:32:08 PM
by Phil Tenser8/7/2015 10:32:10 PM
Back atcha, Resa... :) !!
by BluesB 8/7/2015 10:33:18 PM
This whole things has been so sad. I feel like I know the victims and the families from all of the testimony. And that just makes me so sad for everyone.
by caz8/7/2015 10:36:51 PM
@Resa....wishing you the same!
by Liz8/7/2015 10:36:52 PM
I may have missed this...any other info on 7 new's coverage of the other CO DP case which is also currently in deliberations?
by BluesB 8/7/2015 10:36:54 PM
Just want to take a moment to thank the 7News team for their extraordinary coverage of this trial. I've never seen better news coverage, ever. Thank you so much for bringing this to us in such a precise, professional manner.
by Ruby8/7/2015 10:36:55 PM
If Dr. Fenton or any doctors that treated him told his parents about the issue their son was facing, all of these could be saved, and none of this would happen. If this did happen, then I think he would have a happier life, like his childhood.
by EZ8/7/2015 10:37:04 PM
I almost want LWOP, because I want him in general population. But you KNOW he'd act his way out of that. The Coward Award!!!!!
by BluesB 8/7/2015 10:37:09 PM
Anything still unresolved for you? I still think there is more to the story with his family. It does not ring true to me that a well off family, who loved their 24 year old son and believed he was sick and crying out for help, would not arrange for him to have paid lawyers and would not visit him in prison. And would not make sure he was getting proper medical care while in prison (or school, either). I did not believe the father's 'understanding' that Jimmy didn't want visitors or that it was too 'inconvenient' for the sheriff. They let their son sit in prison alone for three years while mom wrote (and published!) a book about HER feelings and experience. And they let him face a death penalty with public defenders. Something doesn't smell right about this 'close and loving' family.
by Sophia8/7/2015 10:37:20 PM
watching caleb arrive made me teary. A simple decision, going to a movie... Life as you know it gone forever.
by ms8/7/2015 10:37:24 PM
@SWJ My thoughts EXACTLY!
@Sophia Virtual hand holding works for me
by just Thinkin8/7/2015 10:37:25 PM
long term grieving is not natural and should not be the authority of your mind. Don;t make a life of pity, be strong , be prepared for the hardest turns in life no need to kill another person; those wiho chose that path will make this state of co a blood field and leave their own with only hatred as they can only make misery their legacy
by green chair8/7/2015 10:37:35 PM
I love Christmas Stockings, one of my favorite parts of Christmas.
by Resa8/7/2015 10:37:36 PM
@Resa back at ya. It's been an incredible experience. The dynamics of this chatroom have been great, so thoughtful and low key appropriately amusing at times. God bless you all.
by MyraJ8/7/2015 10:38:50 PM
@greenchair....nothing is tainting CO. We have 3 men on death row who have been there an estimated 20 years. Our governor won't follow through with the orders of jurors anyways. The people who live here have voted by a majority to have that as a consequence for heinous crimes, such as this. There are some people who just don't deserve to breathe and someone who calculatingly planned every inch of this violent act from start to finish with all bases covered, while covering it with visits to doctors where he said enough to play the insanity plea, but not enough to stop it...oh, he deserves it, yes he does. That's one point he has earned. Actually 3 of them. Into 1 arm. Unlike that poor 6 year old with 4 bullet holes to fill his disgusting hatred for humanity.
by Marsha Laurienti8/7/2015 10:39:04 PM
i live in nova scotia, Canada. I have been following this trial since the beginning. We have no coverage of trials in Canada. As a matter of fact, even when a trial is over - the jury is never permitted to speak. I really wish we had the same kind of open court as you have in the US
by wendy8/7/2015 10:39:05 PM
Just watching the videos of the victims entering the courtroom chokes me up!
by Marti8/7/2015 10:39:06 PM
@Sophia -- I thought something was off with the parents too.
by caz8/7/2015 10:39:29 PM
@Sophia I agree with you. I think his parents were negligent.
by MyraJ8/7/2015 10:39:30 PM
@sophia all your assumptions come from your own internal being of how you are JH parents are good people You hate them, like JH because of what you are, not what they are Really Peace out girl
by Isaac Blancasvia twitter edited by Phil Tenser8/7/2015 10:39:35 PM
He wouldn't be in Gen Pop. Just like his privileged life, he'd get the privilege of a private cell where he is secure and safe.
by Marsha Laurienti8/7/2015 10:41:27 PM
Hi, Cyber-Fam! I am glad this is coming back before I leave tomorrow. I am too nervous to sit and wait. I have repacked things 3 times. Hubby is going crazy. LOL
by DocJ8/7/2015 10:41:30 PM
@wendy. Fellow nova scotian here. thought i was the only one!
by Bill Ward8/7/2015 10:47:15 PM
@DocJ I hope you have a great trip, travel safe.
by Resa8/7/2015 10:47:20 PM
And I believe that his parents realized that it was a lost cause and that adding financial ruin to everything else was just not a smart move. As far as not visiting him- JH is an adult and as such could make whatever decisions he chose. And apparently he chose to bar all visitors. And I don't think his parents could simply decide to get him medical care in jail- he was in jail, not in a hospital.
by MW8/7/2015 10:47:30 PM
@Phil and all at Denver7 I want to thank you for such great coverage and feedback .. Ive really appreciated it
by Tia8/7/2015 10:47:41 PM
It's unfortunate the circumstances why we have all been here chatting all this time, BUT pretty cool to see so many people unite and speak their opinions. Even disagreeing with some, I feel like we have all learned to respect other's opinions. Just nice to see the involvement and support.
by Brose8/7/2015 10:47:57 PM
@D7 Just really want to thank you one more time for this great blog. Many local news stations have been offering good coverage as well, but you went the extra mile (2, 3, perhaps 5280) to allow open public opinion in this blog. Whoever came up with this idea was brave and genius!
by just Thinkin8/7/2015 10:48:04 PM
Sophia-we all love you, & have, daily, for months... :) You've been fair, educational, impartial, & beyond logical. 'Better than my behaviors at times...you go, Girl.
by BluesB 8/7/2015 10:48:05 PM
Do you think that Samora will say anything directly to James Holmes?
by Nadine8/7/2015 10:48:25 PM
@sophia- blatantly untrue. Branchler openly discussed not entertaining the defense offer of LWOP.