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Sunday 30 April 2017

Cinema killer may face death penalty

Trial

Jurors who convicted Colorado killer James Holmes will decide if he faces the death penalty for the massacre of film-goers at a midnight Batman premiere.

They rejected defence arguments that Holmes (27) was insane and driven to murder by delusions, to reach their guilty verdicts on 165 charges.

Holmes - who had been working towards his PhD in neuroscience - left 12 people dead and dozens of others wounded at the cinema in a Denver suburb in July 2012.

He showed no visible reaction as the judge read the jury's verdict.

Testimony

Next Wednesday, jurors will hear what is expected to be a month's worth of testimony over whether Holmes deserves the death penalty.

The verdict came almost three years after Holmes, dressed head-to-toe in body armour, slipped through the emergency exit of the darkened cinema where The Dark Knight Rises was playing and started shooting.

His youngest victim was a six-year-old girl whose mother also suffered a miscarriage and was paralysed in the attack.

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