US wants death penalty for Batman killer

2013-04-01 19:29

Centennial - Prosecutors on Monday said they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in last year's movie theatre attack that killed 12, wounded 70 and spurred new gun control laws in Colorado.

The much-anticipated disclosure came in a court hearing held four days after prosecutors publicly rejected an offer by James Holmes' attorneys that the former neuroscience graduate student would plead guilty to avoid execution.

Prosecutors had said the defence proposal wasn't a valid plea bargain offer, although they could still agree to a plea before the case goes to trial.

Holmes' attorneys are expected to argue he is not guilty because he was legally insane at the time of the 20 July shooting. They balked at entering that plea last month, saying they couldn't make such a move until prosecutors made a formal decision on the death penalty.

Investigators say Holmes methodically stockpiled weapons and ammunition for his assault on a packed midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, and booby-trapped his apartment to explode and distract any police who responded.

The massacre was repeatedly cited by gun control advocates who pushed a hotly contested package through the Colorado state legislature last month.

The bills include a ban on the sort of high-capacity magazines that Holmes allegedly used to spray the theatre with dozens of bullets in a matter of seconds.

  • Francois Conradie - 2013-04-01 19:37


      MallyGold - 2013-04-02 08:05

      Yes, kill him. We are obligated to completely remove the evil that lurks among us so that we become afraid and are not tempted to follow their detestable ways.

  • Leon Young - 2013-04-01 19:42

    Hang him

  • Kari Pentikainen - 2013-04-01 20:14

    Die !

  • Jay Jay - 2013-04-01 20:22

    I hope, they get what theyr'e asking for.

  • Sean - 2013-04-01 20:54

    No insanity plea is gonna save this psychotic creep.A loser who wanted to go out of life with notoriety should damn well get what he deserves.

  • Francois Conradie - 2013-04-01 21:14

    It is always bs blaming a movie for your criminal actions.

  • Tumelo Lad - 2013-04-01 21:52

    Why you no bring death penalty in SA??!!

  • Ann Padoa - 2013-04-01 22:05

    South Africans would also like the death penalty here for all the rapists and murderers, but our calls go unanswered.

  • Louw Johan - 2013-04-01 22:41

    Since when can killers negotiate their sentences? Hang him!!!!

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-01 23:31

    So. We will perpetuate his condition, by killing him. Let him work to feed the poor, until he dies.

  • Candice Anne Goldstein - 2013-04-01 23:57

    Its amazing how 'easy' it seems in the US to evade the death penalty by pleading guilty and a plea bargain, seems to be a common and successful strategy in the defence of serious offenders. Wonder what Oscar's lawyers are planning.

      Prada Ledger - 2013-04-02 06:37

      they are planning a party

  • Neil Moodley - 2013-04-02 08:36

    String him up .. !!!

  • Eugene Viviers - 2013-04-02 09:31

    He deserves the death penalty.

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