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Colorado shootings relatives react with relief to verdict

Relatives and survivors of the massacre at a Colorado cinema three years ago have spoken of their relief that the jury returned a guilty verdict on all charges.

Holmes had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 166 counts of murder, attempted murder, explosives possession and committing a crime of violence.

The trial now enters the punishment phase, where the jury will decide whether Holmes, 27, should be put to death or serve a mandatory life sentence with no possibility of parole.


Verdict reached in Colorado cinema shootings

27-year-old gunman James Holmes in court Credit: Reuters

The jury has in the trial of James Holmes has reached a verdict after two days of deliberations.

27-year-old gunman Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

He could face the death penalty if convicted of multiple counts of murder and attempted murder for opening fire inside a packed midnight premiere of a Batman film at a Denver area multiplex in July 2012, killing 12 people and wounding 70.

The verdict is expected to be delivered at 4.15pm local time (11.15pm UK time).


Actor saw plane 'explode into flames' in Aspen crash

A plane "exploded into flames" in a crash landing at Aspen airport, according to US actor and comedian Kevin Nealon, who witnessed the incident in Colorado.

Eyewitnesses report plane crash at Aspen airport

A small plane has crashed at Aspen airport in the US state of Colorado, according to eyewitness and local media reports.

Various eyewitnesses, including the singer Leann Rimes, tweeted their shock from the scene of the reported crash while posting images of a plane on the snow-filled runway.

Colorado student Claire Davis has died, hospital says

Seventeen-year-old Colorado student Claire Davis, who was shot in the head earlier this month by a gunman ather high school, has died at a hospital with her family at her side, the facility said in a statement.

Littleton Adventist Hospital posted on the facility's official Facebook page.

Emotional scenes after the shooting at a Colorado high school. Credit: Reuters/Evan Semon

"Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire's fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life,"

Ms Davis was the only person wounded by gunfire when Karl Pierson, an 18-year-old senior at Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver, entered the school on Dec. 13 and opened fire with a shotgun, police said.

She was shot in the face at point-blank range as she sat outside the library with a friend during in the 80-second rampage, police said.

Pierson committed suicide in the library as an armed deputy stationed at the school cornered him, police said.

"The Davis family would like to thank everyone who have sent their best wishes and prayers, and are grateful for the kindness and support of the community," the hospital statement said.

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