James Holmes Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Colorado Theater Shooting

by Zach Seemayer 6:35 PM PDT, July 16, 2015
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On Thursday, jurors in Colorado reached a verdict in the trial of James Holmes, finding the 27-year-old guilty on several charges of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of 12 people in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in 2012.

Jurors deliberated for a day and a half before returning with their verdict, CBS News reports.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for his shooting massacre at the Century 16 Theater on July 20, 2012 that lead to 12 audience members dead and 70 injured.

After a trail that lasted nearly three months, jurors ended up finding Holmes guilty on all 165 charges against him, which included two counts of first-degree murder for each of the 12 victims.

The courtroom was filled with survivors and family members of the victims while closing arguments were made. Holmes reportedly showed no emotion or reaction when the verdict was read.

The same jury that convicted Holmes, after a short recess, will reconvene and will be faced with deciding whether Holmes will receive theĀ  death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. The jurors will hear testimony during the sentencing phase which will help the determine Holmes' ultimate fate.