James Holmes Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in 2012 Colorado Movie Massacre

12 dead, 70 wounded

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — James E. Holmes, whose shooting rampage three years ago killed twelve and wounded seventy inside a suburban Denver movie theater, was found guilty on Thursday in a state court.

A jury deliberated for 13 hours over two days before rejecting pleas from defense lawyers that Mr. Holmes, 27, had a severe mental illness and was not legally responsible for his actions on the night of July 20, 2012.

The decision was delivered in Arapahoe County District Court after 10 weeks of testimony from more than 250 witnesses. They included survivors whose friends and family were killed, psychiatrists who offered contrasting views of Mr. Holmes’s mental state, and his former classmates from the University of Colorado whose memories of him as an introverted, awkward young man belied the armor-clad gunman who walked into the theater and started shooting.