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Colo. Theater Shooting Jurors Continue Deliberations



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    In this July 23, 2012 file photo, James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colorado.

    Jurors have resumed deliberating whether Colorado theater shooter James Holmes should be sentenced to death or life in prison.

    The panel of nine women and three men deliberated for about an hour Thursday before going home without reaching a decision. They continued Friday.

    District Attorney George Brauchler told them death was the only appropriate sentence for Holmes, who was convicted of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 more during a crowded midnight movie premiere in July 2012.

    But defense attorney Tamara Brady urged them to have mercy on Holmes, saying his schizophrenia and psychotic delusions drove him to kill.

    Death sentences must be unanimous in Colorado. If even one juror disagrees with capital punishment for Holmes, he would be sentenced to life in prison without parole.