A jury of three men and nine women spent nearly seven hours in Arapahoe County District Court contemplating the outcome of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes’ life. In order to secure a death sentence, the jury needed to be unanimous in opting for the death penalty. That did not happen here. One lone juror, a female concluded against death, while two others were uncertain. After the verdict was announced sparing the life of Holmes, his family wept in joy. By contrast, the attending survivors of the theater shooting victims also cried because Holmes was not going to be executed by lethal injection. Holmes will later be sentenced for the remaining 141 charges, which likely won’t matter because he will remain in prison for the remainder of his life.
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