The Colorado jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on his sentence. All jurors would have had to agree for Holmes to be sentenced to death for the killings of 12 people in a 2012 shooting spree.
The jury, which heard nearly three months of testimony in the case, deliberated for a day and a half before arriving at a decision. Holmes had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
A University of Colorado Denver psychiatrist warned campus police that James Holmes, who is accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., was a threat to the public.
Rejecting James Holmes’ offer to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, prosecutors in Colorado announced Monday that they will seek the death penalty for the young man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 in a mass shooting last July at a movie theater.
The judge in charge of the case against the alleged Colorado theater shooter said he would warn James Holmes that if he pleads not guilty by reason of insanity he could be drugged for interviews with the state.