Colorado theater shooting case goes to jury

James Holmes (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado theater shooting trial has gone to the jury, which will begin deliberations Wednesday.

Jurors received the case Tuesday evening after closing arguments by prosecutors and the defense over whether James Holmes was legally insane at the time of the July 2012 attack. They’ll start deliberating at 9 a.m.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70 during a packed midnight movie premiere.

If jurors agree that Holmes was legally insane at the time of the shooting, he’ll be committed indefinitely to a state mental hospital.

If Holmes is convicted, the trial will enter a sentencing phase in which the jury must decide between life in prison or the death penalty.

Jurors heard nearly three months of testimony, including heartbreaking and sometimes gruesome survival stories.

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