Colorado movie massacre trial jurors reach verdict on mitigating factors

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 03, 2015 12:49 PM

DENVER (Reuters) - Jurors in the Colorado movie massacre trial reached a verdict on Monday on whether mitigating factors such as mental illness count for more than aggravating ones that could justify execution for the gunman, James Holmes, the judge said.

Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour said the verdict by the panel of nine women and three men would be read at 1230 MT (1830 GMT). The jury began deliberating on this phase of the trial briefly on Thursday, before a day off on Friday.

The jury had already rejected the gunman's insanity plea and found him guilty on all 165 counts of murder, attempted murder and explosives charges relating to his July 2012 mass shooting inside the Century 16 cinema in the Denver suburb of Aurora.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Frances Kerry)