Holmes to face death penalty if convicted
(AURORA, Colo.) -- Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes will face the death penalty if tried and convicted, prosecutors announced on Monday.
Prosecutors from the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office said at a hearing Monday in Aurora, Colo., that they will seek execution for Holmes if he is found guilty.
"For James Eagan Holmes, justice is death," District Attorney George Brauchler said in court Monday.
A couple of victims' relatives cried. Holmes' parents were also in court. He looked at them when he came in. After the announcement, Holmes' father nodded his head and put his arm around his wife.
Brauchler said his office has reached out to 800 victims and that he had personally spoken with relatives of 60 victims who died and were injured. Brauchler said he didn't speak to anyone about the decision.
The decision follows several days of wrangling between the defense and prosecution over Holmes' offer to plead guilty in a bid to avoid the death penalty.
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