Aurora Theater Isn’t Liable For 2012 Shooting, Jury Says

May 19, 2016
Photo: The Aurora movie theater where 12 people were killed in a July 2012 mass shooting
The Aurora theater where 12 people were killed in a July 2012 mass shooting.

The six jurors concluded Thursday that Cinemark, the nation's third-largest movie theater chain, couldn't have prevented James Holmes' meticulously planned attack.

Several survivors and families of the dead had sued the suburban Denver theater, saying it lacked armed guards during the crowded midnight premiere of a Batman movie. There also was no silent alarm that would have sounded when Holmes slipped into an auditorium and started shooting.

They say Cinemark should have foreseen the possibility of violence at the summer blockbuster.

Cinemark attorneys said guards weren't needed at a theater with no history of serious violence.

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