BREAKING UPDATE: Jury finds James Holmes guilty of first-degree murder in July 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting.
CENTENNIAL, COLORADO — The man accused of opening fire inside an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater three years ago is about to learn his fate.
James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, faces 165 charges in the July 2012 shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 injured.
Jurors reached a verdict on Thursday. It is expected to be read at 5 p.m. CT, a court spokesman said.
By virtue of his insanity plea, the now 27-year-old Holmes has never denied he was behind the killings. But given his mental state, his lawyers have argued that he should not be found culpable.
“The evidence is clear that he could not control his thoughts, … he could not control his actions, and he could not control his perceptions,” defense attorney Dan King said during closing arguments.
King told the court psychosis had obscured Holmes’ ability to think about things the way a rational person does.
“Only the mental illness caused this to happen and nothing else.”