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Guilty! Verdict reached in Aurora theater shooting

(Denver Post) A jury on Thursday found James Holmes guilty of murder for the Aurora movie theater attack, one of the worst mass shootings in American history.

The jury of nine women and three men delivered the verdict at 4:15 p.m., after deliberating for about 12 hours over two days. In doing so, they rejected Holmes’ plea of insanity. The jury began deliberating on Wednesday morning.

With the defendant, victims and victims’ families gathered in courtroom 201, the first of 165 counts were read.

The trial now moves to a second phase, where prosecutors will argue that Holmes, 27, should receive the death penalty and defense attorneys will ask jurors to spare Holmes’ life.

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