Colorado prosecutors seek death penalty for accused theater gunman James Holmes

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes. Credit: Reuters
Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes.
Credit: Reuters

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against accused theater gunman James Holmes in the slaying of 12 moviegoers during a showing of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” last year, they said in court on Monday.

Holmes, 25, is accused of opening fire inside a suburban Denver theater during a July screening of the movie, in what was one of the deadliest outbursts of gun violence in the United States in recent years.

Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder for the shooting massacre that also wounded 58 moviegoers. Another dozen people suffered non-gunshot injuries as they fled the Aurora, Colorado, cinema.



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