Defense Rests In Aurora Theater Shooting Trial

· Jul. 10, 2015, 5:00 pm
Photo: James Holmes sketch, facing right, Aurora theater shooting trial(Bill Robles/For CPR News)
A courtroom artist's sketch of James Holmes.

The defense in the Colorado theater shooting trial has rested after trying to show gunman James Holmes was insane at the time of the 2012 attack.

The defense wrapped up Friday after two weeks of testimony that featured a pair of psychiatrists who examined Holmes and found that he was insane.

Earlier in the case, two court-appointed doctors testified for the prosecution that Holmes knew the difference between right and wrong at the time of the killings and therefore was sane under Colorado law.

In Colorado, prosecutors have the burden of proof in insanity cases. So the defense only needed to raise a reasonable doubt that Holmes was sane.

His attorneys argued he was in the grips of a psychotic episode during the attack that killed 12 and injured 70. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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