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Prosecutors seek death penalty against Aurora suspect James Holmes

  • Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for the man accused of shooting dead 12 people last July at a movie theater in the state of Colorado.

    The news comes after prosecutors on Friday dismissed James Holmes’ offer to plead guilty in order to avoid execution.

    The 25-year-old is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in Aurora.

    Dozens were injured in the attack that took place during a midnight screening of a Batman film.

    Holmes' defence lawyers were preparing to argue he was not guilty because he was legally insane at the time of the July 20 shooting.

    However, investigators say the former neuroscience graduate student had stockpiled weapons and ammunition before the attack.

    He is also believed to have booby-trapped his apartment to explode in a bid to distract police.

    The trial had been scheduled for August but has been postponed to February 2014 as Holmes’ now faces the death penalty.

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