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Reaction From James Holmes Colorado Shootings Hearing
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  Originally Published on: 4/2/2013

Prosecutors in Colorado will seek the death penalty for James Holmes in the movie theater shooting deaths of 12 people. The district attorney Monday said he will not consider a plea deal, because in this case, quote: "justice is death." Jim Spellman reports. Minutes after prosecutors declared they would pursue the death penalty against James Holmes, frustrated victim Marcus Weaver sends a message directly to the defendant from outside the court. "Mr. Holmes if you are listening to a victim, and somebody was hurt by what you did, if you'd just plead guilty we could all move forward you know," Weaver said. Weaver is one of 60 victims District Attorney George Brachular spoke with before making his decision and telling a courtroom inside full of victims, family members and Holmes' own parents that in this case, justice is death," welcome news to Bryan Beard, whose friend, Alex Sullivan, was gunned down in the attack. "Give me a front row ticket. I want to be there for it," Beard said. "Why?" "Why? He took my good friend from this Earth," Beard said. Last week, it appeared a deal was in the works, with Holmes offering to plead guilty if the death penalty was taken off the table. But prosecutors said they couldn't accept the offer without more information, and, for the moment, it seems the deal is not being considered. The judge anticipates a trial lasting well into 2014 at the earliest, frustrating victims and their friends and families. "There's no punishment this kid deserves more so than to be in excruciating pain every single day of his life. But sadly that's not the way that we can work in the judicial system right now.  So to me whatever we can do to have this justice quick, and to provide closure for friends and family is the most important thing," says Peter Burns, friend of victim Jessica Ghawi. For Marcus Weaver, whose arm still goes numb from the shotgun blast he took to the shoulder, it's time for Holmes to put an end to at least some of his suffering "We feel that you already know you are guilty, so why don't you just plead guilty and accept your fate?" asked Weaver. Holmes could change his plea at any time to not guilty by reason of insanity, further delaying the trial and further frustrating these victims and their families. Holmes' trial won't begin until next year. The trial was originally scheduled for August, but a judge pushed back the start date to Feb. 3, and said it could be delayed even further.  
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