A courtroom artist's sketch of James Holmes.

(Bill Robles/For CPR News)

It was perhaps the most high profile trial in Colorado history, and a rare glimpse into the psyche of a mass shooter. Over the course of five long months, hundreds of witnesses were called in the death penalty case against James Eagan Holmes, the gunman who killed 12 people and injured 70 more in an Aurora, Colorado theater in 2012. 

Our reporter Ben Markus, who was one of the first on the scene the night of the shooting, followed the case nearly every single day. Filing 20 long form features, 9 host/reporter 2-ways, and countless shorter newscast spots. The stories aired on both local and national broadcast. Just like the day of the shooting, NPR relied on Colorado Public Radio's talented staff, including reporter Megan Verlee, to cover the trial exclusively.

Colorado Public Radio provided context and depth for what was an emotionally charged and complex trial, distilling the unusual and lengthy proceedings into a series of accessible and engaging stories as the trial unfolded.