The Latest: Colorado movie theater isn't liable for shooting

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Posted: May 19, 2016 1:38 PM
The Latest: Colorado movie theater isn't liable for shooting

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit against the owner of a Colorado movie theater where 12 were killed (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

A jury has found the owner of a Colorado movie theater is not liable for a 2012 shooting that left 12 dead after victims argued that lax security allowed for the rampage.

The six jurors concluded Thursday that Cinemark, the nation's third-largest movie theater chain, couldn't have prevented James Holmes' meticulously planned attack.

Several survivors and families of the dead had sued the suburban Denver theater, saying it lacked armed guards during the crowded midnight premiere of a Batman movie. There also was no silent alarm that would have sounded when Holmes slipped into an auditorium and started shooting.

They say Cinemark should have foreseen the possibility of violence at the summer blockbuster.

Cinemark attorneys said guards weren't needed at a theater with no history of serious violence.

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11:25 a.m.

Jurors have reached a verdict in the civil trial over whether the owner of a Colorado movie theater should have done more to prevent a 2012 shooting that left 12 people dead.

The jury deliberated for about 3 hours before reaching their decision Thursday morning. The verdict is scheduled to be announced at 11:30 a.m.

Jurors were asked to determine whether Cinemark should have foreseen the risk of violence during the packed midnight premiere of a Batman movie in an era of mass shootings.

The victims say lax security by the nation's third-largest movie theater chain allowed for the rampage. The company says it couldn't have predicted an attack from a gunman as heavily armed as James Holmes.

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9:05 a.m.

Jurors are deliberating in a civil trial over whether the owner of a Colorado movie theater should have done more to prevent a 2012 shooting that left 12 people dead.

The jury met for a short time after getting the case Wednesday evening and reconvened Thursday. Jurors must determine whether Cinemark should have foreseen the risk for violence during the packed midnight premiere of a Batman movie in an era of mass shootings.

They also will decide whether the nation's third-largest movie theater chain failed to take precautions that would have thwarted the attack that also injured more than 70 people.

The victims say Cinemark's lax security allowed for the rampage. But the company says it couldn't have predicted an attack from a gunman as heavily armed as James Holmes.