Aurora Theater Shooting Jury Begins Death Penalty Deliberations

Jurors deliberating whether Aurora theater shooter James Holmes should be put to death have gone home for the day.

The same jurors rejected Holmes' insanity defense and convicted him of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others three years ago at a suburban Denver movie theater.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys made their final arguments Thursday afternoon before deliberations began.

District Attorney George Brauchler said Thursday that words and tears can't change the facts about Holmes' planning and execution of the attack.

As he has done throughout the trial, Brauchler then quickly turned the attention back to the victims as he made his final argument to jurors to reject a life sentence for Holmes.

Defense attorneys say that death is not an appropriate sentence for someone diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Defense attorney Tamara Brady pleaded for Holmes' life, saying, "The measure of our soul is in how we treat people who are sick and who are damaged."

She added that a decision to execute Holmes only adds to the death count. She pointed to a handful of doctors who said Holmes suffered from schizophrenia and was psychotic.

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