Aurora Theater Shooting: Jury Moves Toward Death Penalty in James Holmes' Sentencing

Jury Considers Death Penalty for Aurora Theater Shooter James Holmes
James Holmes
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08/03/2015 AT 02:50 PM EDT

Jurors have unanimously voted to move forward in the sentencing of James Holmes, finding that the mitigating factors in his actions do not outweigh the seriousness of the crime.

It's the second step toward possibly executing Holmes, who opened fire in a crowded movie theater during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012. He was convicted of multiple counts of murder and attempted murder last month.

Last week, a jury completed phase 1 of the sentencing, determining that Holmes is eligible for the death penalty.

Twelve people died and another 70 were injured in the shooting. Holmes, 27, now faces either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Holmes' attorneys have argued that life in prison is an appropriate sentence. To bolster their argument, they called his parents, sister and former neighbors to testify about his alleged mental illness.

Testimony will continue this week, after which the jury will decide whether Holmes will live or die.

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