Victims conflicted over death penalty for Colorado theater gunman

In this image taken from video, Ashley Moser, top right, whose daughter Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6, was killed by James Holmes, who sits fifth from left in a gray shirt, testifies during the penalty phase of Holmes' trial in Centennial, Colo., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Prosecutor George Brauchler, center, questions Moser. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Marcus Weaver spent three years talking openly about forgiving the man who shot him. He didn’t want to see James Holmes executed.

But by the time Holmes was convicted in the chilling 2012 attack on a Colorado movie theater, Weaver had changed his mind.

Now, Weaver says, the death penalty is the only just punishment for the mentally ill former neuroscience student who murdered 12 people and tried to kill 70 more.

The jury is set to begin deciding whether the 27-year-old Holmes should be sentenced to life in prison or death by injection. But Weaver’s transition shows there are no easy answers, not even for those who most want to see Holmes punished. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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