Death penalty deliberations resume Monday in Colorado theater shooting trial



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CENTENNIAL, Colorado — The jury in the Colorado theater shooting trial will resume deliberating Monday about whether to keep the death penalty on the table for gunman James Holmes.

Jurors have a scheduled day off Friday. They heard closing arguments from prosecutors and the defense Thursday about whether Holmes' mental illness or other reasons should lead them to sentence him to life in prison instead of death.

Defense attorneys say his mental illness was in his DNA at birth and began developing in his high school years. But prosecutors say he was deliberate and selfish when he attacked the packed Denver-area movie theater in July 2012, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others.

Holmes was convicted earlier this month of 165 counts of murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.

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