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Colorado readies for movie theater massacre trial

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 00:56

The trial of James Holmes, a former graduate student charged with launching a deadly gun attack at a Colorado movie theater in 2012, gets set to begin on Monday. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Lawyers in the Colorado movie theater massacre case will make their opening statements Monday. In July 2012, James Holmes -- a former neuroscience graduate student -- went on a shooting rampage at a midnight screening of a "Batman" movie in Aurora... ...killing 12 people and wounding 70. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Holmes' lawyers concede he was the sole gunman in the attack, but say he was in the throes of a psychotic episode at the time. Earlier this week, a judge denied a request by his lawyers to move the trial... ...amid concern Holmes wouldn't get a fair trial at home. Colorado has now endured two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history -- -- including the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty if Holmes is convicted.

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Colorado readies for movie theater massacre trial

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 00:56