Prosecutors rest their case in Colorado theater shooting

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The prosecution in the Colorado theater shooting trial has rested after aiming to show James Holmes planned and carried out the massacre while knowing it was wrong.

Prosecutors relied on emotional testimony from victims, graphic photos and a state-appointed psychiatrist's videotaped interview with Holmes to undermine his claim that he was too mentally ill to know right from wrong. They wrapped up Friday.

Holmes' attorneys plan to start their case Thursday. They will call their own psychiatrists and present other evidence to argue he should be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

The defense wants Holmes to be committed to the state mental hospital. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack.