He sat without blinking for long periods. His voice broke and he wiped his eyes.
Ana Cabrera reported from Centennial, Colorado.
A man who killed 12 people and injured 70 others when he opened fire in a crowded Colorado cinema in 2012 has been found guilty of murder. He stood at the defense table with his attorney, his hands in his pockets.
In addition to 24 counts of murder, Holmes received two separate charges of attempted murder for each of the 70 surviving victims.
According to Daily Mail, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said, “This has been an emotional and hard time for the victims, their families, loved ones and friends”.
When Samour read the name of another murder victim, Jessica Ghawi, her mother, Sandy Phillips, silently mouthed “yes”, and her husband wrapped his arm around her to pull her close.
Caleb Medley, who was shot in the face in the 2012 Aurora movie…
#NOW: Just left court #theatershooting verdict was read. The judge has called the court back into session to read the verdict.
They will return on Wednesday at 8:40 a.m.to start the next round of deliberations.
The verdict brings an end to what has been a three-year wait for the victims and their families. The 27-year-old had pleaded not guilty on reason of insanity prior to the ruling. Defence attorneys argued that Holmes, heavily armed with explosives strapped to his body, was in clutches of a psychotic episode when he ambushed the theater during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises.
“When he walked into that theater, the evidence is clear that he could not control his thoughts”, King said during his closing argument.
Defense attorneys portrayed Holmes as a struggling neuroscience graduate student so addled by mental illness that he was unable to tell right from wrong at the time of the shootings.
Had his insanity plea prevailed, he would have been committed indefinitely to a state mental hospital. He faced 165 charges for killing 12 people and injuring dozens of others.
During the trial, prosecutors argued that Holmes meticulously planned the crime, insisting that he was sane and that he should be held responsible for the bloodshed.
Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty for James Holmes, but first the jury would have to find him guilty.
A tear gas canister exploded in the theater, then gunfire erupted from an AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and at least one. Holmes surrendered to police outside the theater.
Marcus Weaver, whose friend Rebecca Wingo was among those killed, called the killings a “heinous act”. There were no crowds and no cheers when word came that Holmes was convicted. The verdict, which comes after a grueling 10-week trial, will allow the prosecution to pursue the death penalty for the Colorado gunman. They have not talked to reporters.
“We’re still here for you, and we will always be here for you”.
“”(James Holmes) is not a monster. Those will probably include more evidence of mental illness and a sympathetic portrayal of his childhood. He’s now eligible for the death penalty.