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Dark Knight Shooter James Holmes' Will Face The Death Penalty

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james holmes dark knight shooter to face death penalty

This certainly looks to be a sad ending to a very sad story.

James Holmes will most likely face the death penalty after his shooting spree at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater murders late last July left several dead and many others injured.

Last week, his legal team entered a "guilty" plea in hopes of spending life in prison with no parole as an alternative, but after lawyers consulted the families of the victims, the deal was rejected.

As the hearing kicked off earlier this morning, Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler said he would not be accepting the proposed plea bargain and told the court "justice is death."

As you know, James is responsible for the death of 12 moviegoers at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012 and is facing 166 total charges that include 24 counts of first degree murder, 116 counts of attempted murder, and 26 other crimes on his horrific killing spree.

Would U vote for the death penalty?

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29 comments to “Dark Knight Shooter James Holmes' Will Face The Death Penalty”

  1. Saaaris says – reply to this


    deserves the death penalty. no question about it.

  2. sm87 says – reply to this


    I understand why they chose to go with the death penalty route, however, I think this is the easy way out. He has barely had any time to have to deal with the atrocity of his crimes - I think (multiple) consecutive life sentences would be a much harsher sentence, one that will force him to live everyday dealing what he did. So incredibly sad.

  3. Meghan says – reply to this


    The death penalty is NEVER warranted: the research supports that the death penalty is not a deterrent, it ends up costing taxpayers more because of the lenghty appeal process involved, never mind the fact it is morally wrong. How hypocritical to kill someone as a punishment for killing? Also, the U.S. has already executed a few dozen (later determined) innocent individuals. We are the last "civilized" nation to have a death penalty; we need to do away with it. Life in prison.

  4. Adam Lewis says – reply to this


    Re: sm87 – you realize a sociopath like his has no remorse right? only way to deal with him is to put him to death.

  5. audrey says – reply to this


    absoloutely! you take a life, your life should be taken end of story.
    an eye for an eye.

  6. audrey says – reply to this


    Re: Meghan – personally i think the death penalty should be allowed but only for people that have 150% evidence against them and caught red handed like james and like the man that killed all those innocent little children . but i dont think life is the answer, most of the people that do things like this are twisted and they would probably sit in jail smug and happy that they "Accomplished" so much, its sickening. An eye for an eye is not hyprocritical.

  7. re13 says – reply to this


    Re: Adam Lewis – the only way people can not exercise guilt is if they lack the mens rea or guilty mind, had this been proven he should have pled insanity right off the bat.. you dont put someone to death just because you do not know how to deal with them. the death penalty is simply an expensive way to "get rid of" a problem. life in prison without parole would have been ideal as regardless of how guilty he feels he knows what he did and would have to sit in prison for it.

  8. Adam Lewis says – reply to this


    Re: re13 – Do you really think its cheaper to keep him in prision for the next 50 years or so? Think of all the food, all the employees, that have to watch him, etc…. He is not worthy of life… the guy's an animal! Once you take a life, you are no longer a human being.

  9. 9

    Sad ending?…..the only sad ending was that all those innocent people were killed for NO reason….this nutjob deserves the needle..no sad ending for him…happy ending that this scum bag will hopefully be dead sooner rather than later…fuckin A Perez u really r a douche

  10. 10

    can we please stop glorifying these killers in the media??? by treating these animals like the celebrities you report on, you are making mass murders seem mainstream. all we are doing by reporting on this is setting up the next killer to go down in glory and acheive fame.

  11. kv says – reply to this


    He deserves what he did to everyone else.

  12. 12

    all I have to say is that he is worth less than animals. an animal would never do this. yes they kill, but they do it for food. not for fame, glory, power.. whatever reason he did this for. I agree, he probably doesn't have any remorse for what he did and deserves the worst.

  13. Charlts says – reply to this


    I thought that was Penn Badgley for a sec…

  14. 14

    No use sitting in a cell using up tax dollars. He's scum. He should die the way his victims did. Period.

  15. 15

    Yeah and before that We have to feed him for several years before this happen if finally ever happen … What a waste of time !!!

  16. 16

    Re: MeghanRe: Meghan – Well for one, it's a 110% FACT he is guilty. For two, it only costs more because of exactly what you said. It wouldn't be much cheaper killing them within a week of conviction then serving life in prison. Secondly, some people like him don't feel remorse, or regret, so chances are likely he simply does not care. Letting someone sit and think about what they did in hopes of feeling guilt when they can't isn't doing anything. However, we're all programmed to survive. So I'd say the death penalty even his most primitive instincts will think about that.

  17. ivy says – reply to this


    Absolutely. he deserves death. i mean yes he will sit in solitary confinement for a few years that will give him time to think tho. since he wont have anything better to do. he deserves death tho. he killed a ton of people. he doesnt even feel bad about it. he's a disgusting human being.

  18. 18

    It makes me so happy to know that he will be given the death penalty. With all the time and careful planning that went into doing his terrible deeds, there's no way this was temporary insanity. He deserves to die, he obviously felt no remorse about cutting short the lives of those he killed, so why should anyone feel remorse about ending his? Everybody dies eventually…I'm also glad he won't have a lifetime in prison to "turn to God" and think of himself as forgiven as some inmates do.

  19. 19

    I am against the death penalty but if there was ever a case where it is warranted, this is it.

  20. EllieOReily says – reply to this


    I didn't think the mentally ill could be executed? (Unless the laws are different in this state).
    After watching the show Oz, though, I am torn on my opinions about execution. Don't know how I feel about this.

  21. 21

    Some people just are better off not on this earth, breathing the same air we breathe…Obviously he has problems that no one noticed or did anything about until it was too late. Put him down.

  22. Jeff says – reply to this


    absolutley put him to death. His twisted and perverted mind cumbers the ground, he is fit only for the grave and may the Triune God who judges the hearts of men have mercy on his immortal soul. " When sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily the heart of men is set in them to do evil " this is why we have the abundance of Aurora and Newtown incidents because our justice system is lame

  23. Melissa says – reply to this


    He deserves to suffer in prison for the rest of his life. Death penalty is a quick and easy way out of what he did.

  24. 24

    no. he should spend his life in prison and suffer in confinement. death penalty is too easy on him.

  25. 25

    Re: Adam Lewis – It will be expensive either way, if he gets the death penalty he has to be isolated in a special section and he gets free attorneys to appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. While I would love to see him die, do not think it will happen in a liberal state like Colorado. So give the taxpayers a break and put him in for life. He will probably be separated from the general population anyway for his safety.

  26. alicia says – reply to this


    YESS this is true justice. He should have the death penalty. forget life sentence they get out on good behaviour anyway so what difference does that make?!? Or Multiiple life sentences with no parole EVER. which will never happen because if he;s smart which he is he will just get off on being "good". He should go through a painful death if that. I wish every person who knew someone who died got 5 min with the guy, you get done to you what you brough on to others, is what we should follow. If we are certain like this case that he is 100% guilty and he is the one who did the crime then he should pay.

  27. Stacy says – reply to this


    A SAD ENDING?!?!?!

  28. re13 says – reply to this


    Re: Adam Lewis
    you dont think it costs money to have the death penalty as well as burial and keeping him buried? who do you think pays for that? i would rather have my money used to keep him in a cell for the rest of his life.

  29. Flicker fusion says – reply to this


    J. Holmes studied DARPA stuff. Flicker fusion and temporal illusion. He is recorded to have participated in at least one experiment. ( hard to tell if more because of records being sealed to keep us from knowing, just how total recall this thing went). Recently Obama said he would increase brain mapping funding. This is the stuff Holmes studied.