Holmes to hear if prosecutors will seek execution

James Holmes
Posted at 6:35 AM, Apr 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-01 02:41:00-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — After a week of legal twists and turns, James Holmes will find out Monday if he could be executed if convicted in the Colorado theater attack that killed 12 people.

Legal analysts say a plea deal is still possible in the Colorado theater shootings despite a rare public quarrel between prosecutors and the defense.

Even if prosecutors decide to pursue the death penalty for Holmes, they could still change course and reach a deal that would send him to prison for life without parole in exchange for a guilty plea.

Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 20 shootings.

Prosecutors reacted angrily last week when the defense disclosed in a court document that Holmes offered to plead guilty if he could avoid execution.