The nine-woman, three-man jury decided Holmes was not insane in the shootings at a screening of a Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” in Aurora, near Denver, on July 20, 2012. He was charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder, 140 counts of attempted murder and an explosives count.
The reading of the verdicts at the Arapahoe County Courthouse was a count-by-count process expected to take 1½ hours or longer. But the guilty verdicts on the 24 murder charges means the proceedings will move to sentencing, and Holmes could face the death penalty.
Holmes, 27, a former doctoral student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity — never denying that he carried out the bloody rampage. Had he been found not guilty to all 165 counts by reason of insanity, he would have been committed to a mental institution, probably for the rest of his life.
Two prosecution psychiatrists testified that while Holmes may have been mentally ill, he was sane on July 20, 2012, and the days he spent planning leading up to it.
James Eagan Holmes was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the deaths of 12 people at a Colorado theater three years ago and could face the death penalty.