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The Latest: Closing arguments start in theater shooting

A police officer enters the Arapahoe County District Court on the day of closing arguments in the trial of Aurora movie theater massacre defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in closing arguments in the Colorado theater shooting case (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

The prosecution has begun its closing arguments in the death penalty trial of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes after making some last-minute changes following defense objections to the presentation.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in the July 2012 shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater.

Prosecutors say Holmes carefully planned the attack, and they want jurors to convict him of multiple murder counts. They also are seeking the death penalty.

Holmes’ attorneys argue he was gripped by a psychotic episode and didn’t know right from wrong. If the jury agrees, Holmes would be committed indefinitely to the state mental hospital.


12:30 p.m.

Closing arguments in the Colorado theater shooting case are being delayed a bit as the judge considers the defense’s objection to statements the prosecution plans to make.

Defense lawyer Daniel King objected to a number of District Attorney George Brauchler’s planned arguments, including that the defense-hired experts who found James Holmes was insane at the time of the July 20, 2012, attack were “malleable.” He also objected to prosecutors’ plans to juxtapose images of wounded people with Holmes’ statements to a psychiatrist that the people he hurt but didn’t kill were “collateral damage.”

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