CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Prosecutors in Colorado will seek the death penalty for accused movie theater gunman James Holmes in the 2012 slaying of 12 people during a showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises," the lead prosecutor said in court on Monday.
Holmes, a 25-year-old former graduate student of neuroscience, is accused of opening fire inside a suburban Denver multiplex during a midnight screening of the movie last July in a rampage that ranked as one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States.
It was one of several last year, including the December attack on an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 children and six staff members, re-igniting a national debate over gun violence and the limits of the constitutionally protected right to bear firearms.
Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the shooting spree, which also wounded 58 moviegoers. A dozen other people suffered non-gunshot injuries as they fled the Aurora, Colorado, cinema.