Innocent until proven sane: Defense begins case to save theater shooter’s life

July 25, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Nine weeks after prosecutors began their case to end the life of James Holmes, five public defenders are attempting to save it. The Aurora theater shooting trial defense team began its case Thursday, led by public defender Dan King. Largely because the prosecution called so many witnesses...

Holmes' Cell Header

July 25, 2015

You can see the defendant in the fuzzy picture above getting ready to fall backward. I remember that time in November 2012. We had a hearing but it was abruptly cancelled because of an emergency. We later learned that James Holmes had fallen backward on purpose and hit his head...

You can’t make this stuff up

July 24, 2015

One of the alternate jurors came to the capital murder theater shooting trial wearing a t-shirt with a picture of a person in an electric chair on the back of it. Though Juror #983 is an alternate and isn’t usually in the courtroom, luck would have it that he and...

Bird drawing

Twitter is your friend. Not.

July 23, 2015

Judge slaps ban on Newsweek and reporter who ID'd juror in a tweet.

Twitter is your friend. Not.

July 23, 2015

Judge slaps ban on Newsweek and reporter who ID'd juror in a tweet. Twitter is like that popular girl you didn’t trust but you made friends with anyway. Her friendship got you a place at the cool cafeteria table, but one bad move and you were stuck by yourself with...

Sentencing Phase in Theater Shooting

July 22, 2015

Aurora theater shooting victims walk toward the front doors of the Arapahoe County Justice Center, where the shooter is on trial. Last week’s 165 guilty verdicts – including 24 counts of first-degree murder – against James Holmes distinguish the beginning of the next phase of his trial: sentencing. The jurors...

Pop Quiz

July 21, 2015

Killer's attorneys tasked with showing human side of murderer There were only three of us journalists in the courtroom today, so we sat in the front row like the public watchdogs we are: the Denver Post’s John Ingold, Julie Gauthier of CBS, and me. Things were more loose than usual,...

Experts: Sentencing phase to be ‘gut-wrenching’

July 17, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Thursday’s guilty verdicts — 165 in all against James Holmes, including 24 counts of first-degree murder — marked only the beginning in the what could be most taxing phase of the Aurora theater shooting trial for jurors: determining the killer’s fate. Judge Carlos Samour read the long...

Jury to decide if theater shooter’s actions merit death penalty

July 16, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Aurora theater shooter James Holmes could be sentenced to death in the coming months after Holmes was found guilty on 165 charges Thursday afternoon in Arapahoe County District Court. Jurors deliberated for nearly 13 hours. Holmes was charged with two counts of murder for each of the...

Holmes found guilty of murder in Aurora theater shooting

July 16, 2015

James Holmes has been found guilty on all 24 counts of first-degree murder and another 141 felony counts. CU News Corps will continue to follow this news and have stories later today. CU News Corps reporters have been at every day of the trial, and will again Wednesday when the...