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Holmes guilty of murder in theater shooting

Sandy Phillips, whose daughter Jessica Ghawi was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre massacre, carries a T-shirt memorializing the twelve people killed in the attack, outside the Arapahoe County District Court following the day of closing arguments in the trial of theater shootings defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A jury Thursday found Colorado theater shooter James Holmes guilty of murder in the methodically planned attack that left 12 dead and dozens wounded.

The verdict means the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student could get the death penalty for the 2012 shooting.

He showed no visible reaction as the judge read the jury’s verdict on all 165 counts against him.

He was found guilty of murder in the deaths of all 12 people killed in the attack nearly three years ago to the day.

Dressed in a blue dress shirt and khakis, he stood at the defense table, three of his public defenders on both sides of him and two more standing behind him.

Jurors reached their decision Thursday after deliberating for about 13 hours over two days. They must now decide whether Holmes should be executed or sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and his attorneys argued he was so addled by mental illness that he was unable to tell right from wrong at the time of the shootings.

Prosecutors maintained the attack was meticulously planned over months and Holmes knew what he was doing.

The families of those killed and injured in the shooting arrived at the courthouse in suburban Denver about an hour before the verdict was read. Two deputies were stationed on the roof of the building.

The jury heard 11 weeks of testimony.

We will update the story as the Associated Press makes more information available.

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