After Weeks of Court Wrangling, Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Alleged Colorado Theater Shooter
The Colorado district attorney in charge of prosecuting James Eagan Holmes couldn’t suppress some harsh words for the accused theater shooter at a Monday hearing. “It’s my determination and my intention that in this case for James Eagan Holmes justice is death,” said George Brauchler, Arapahoe County’s district attorney, telling the Centennial, Colo. courtroom that prosecutors will pursue the death penalty against Holmes for allegedly shooting to death 12 people and wounding 70 others at a suburban Denver movie theater last summer. Holmes showed no visible reaction. But the judge in the case did.
Brauchler’s announcement almost instantly prompted the trial judge to step down from the case. Citing “logistical demands” and heavy use of court resources that takes place in a death penalty trial, 18th Judicial District Chief Judge William Sylvester reassigned the trial to Judge Carlos Samour, who took over the case immediately.