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Theater Shooting Testimony To Continue Friday

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Posted at 8:30 PM, Jul 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:54:48-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Testimony in the sentencing phase of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes' trial wrapped up for the day on Thursday.

Holmes' lawyers were set to continue to make their case Friday for a sentence of life in prison instead of the death penalty. On Thursday, they called several of Holmes' teachers and friends to the stand, and some described him as a withdrawn but polite teenager.

Holmes was convicted last week of multiple counts of murder and attempted murder for the July 2012 attack at a suburban Denver movie theater that killed 12 people and injured 70 others.

Earlier Thursday, the jury found that the crimes were so heinous that the death penalty would be a just sentence. But jurors must first hear the defense's arguments for a life term before deciding whether he'll be sentenced to death. 

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