Trial Begins for Accused Colorado Movie Theater Shooter


CENTENNIAL, Colo. (WTNH) – The trial is set to begin Monday for James Holmes, the man accused of opening fire at a Batman movie premiere in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012.

Twelve people were killed and more than 70 injured in the shooting at the midnight premiere of ‘A Dark Knight Rises.’ While 27-year-old Holmes has acknowledged the shooting, he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His lawyers plan to argue that a mental illness prevented him from telling right from wrong.

The trial will focus on Holmes’ mental state at the time of the shooting. Prosecutors, who in Colorado bare the burden in insanity cases, must convince jurors that Holmes was sane. Twelve jurors, selected from a pool of 9,000, will have to decide whether he was inane.

The trial was delayed nearly three years because of legal debates surrounding capital punishment and insanity pleases.

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