Colorado cinema massacre: James Holmes convicted of 2012 murder

Public Defender Tamara Brady, right, shows James E. Holmes documents as he appears in Arapahoe County District Court, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 in a shooting rampage in a movie theater on Friday, July 20 in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

By NewsGram Staff Writer

James Holmes, the mastermind of the theater massacre that rocked Colorado three years ago was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday afternoon.

On 20 July 2012, the 27-year-old walked into Aurora, a Colorado movie theater and shot dead 12 people while injuring 70 others.  

The shooter was dressed in riot gear, carrying three guns and more than 700 rounds of ammunition into the Denver theater during a midnight show of the the Batman film The Dark Night Rises.

“Initially charged with 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder — two for each person killed and two for each injured, Holmes was also charged with possession of explosives”, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Holmes had entered a plea of not guilty by way of insanity during his trial.

The plea was refuted by District Attorney George Brauchler and the prosecutors sought the death penalty on 4 June 2013.

“He only stopped when the gun stopped… We know what insanity is… this ain’t it. He knew what he was doing when he killed those people. He intended to kill them. That was his specific goal”, the District Attorney said.