Aurora Theater Shooting

James Holmes's attorneys say death penalty is unconstitutional: Read their motions here

Lawyers for accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes think the state's death penalty laws are unconstitutional -- and they've filed a flurry of motions (some of which are on view below) asking that the judge in the case declare them so.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Holmes, who is accused of murdering twelve people and injuring seventy others by opening fire at the Aurora Century 16 theater in July 2012. Holmes's attorneys have admitted that he was the gunman.

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