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Closing arguments set to begin in Colorado theater shooting trial

  • Lonnie and Sandy Phillips, who's daughter Jessica Ghawi was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre massacre, hug before entering the Arapahoe County District Court on the day of closing arguments in the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Lonnie and Sandy Phillips, who's daughter Jessica Ghawi was killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theatre massacre, hug before entering the Arapahoe County District Court on the day of closing arguments in the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, theater shooting attack survivor Christina Blache gestures to a tattoo memorializing the 12 people who were killed by James Holmes in the Aurora, Colo., theater killings, at her home in Northglenn, Colo. With closing arguments to take place on July 14, 2015, jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial soon will retreat into the largest jury room in the courthouse to determine whether Holmes was legally insane at the time of the killing spree. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

    FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, theater shooting attack survivor Christina Blache gestures to a tattoo memorializing the 12 people who were killed by James Holmes in the Aurora, Colo., theater killings, at her home in Northglenn, Colo. With closing arguments to take place on July 14, 2015, jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial soon will retreat into the largest jury room in the courthouse to determine whether Holmes was legally insane at the time of the killing spree. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman and a boy walk to the entrance to the Arapahoe County District Court on the day of closing arguments in the trial of Aurora movie theater massacre defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    A woman and a boy walk to the entrance to the Arapahoe County District Court on the day of closing arguments in the trial of Aurora movie theater massacre defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Tuesday July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)  (The Associated Press)

Attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case have one last chance to convince jurors that gunman James Holmes was either a calculating killer or a man in the grips of psychosis.

Closing arguments in the first phase of Holmes' death penalty trial are scheduled for Tuesday. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will have two hours each to make their respective cases. Then jurors will begin deliberating nearly three years to the day after Holmes opened fire on the theater, killing 12 and injuring 70 more.

During nearly three months of testimony, prosecutors argued that Holmes methodically planned and carried out the attack. Two court-appointed doctors who examined him said he was mentally ill but legally sane.

Defense attorneys said Holmes suffers schizophrenia and was in the grips of a psychotic episode that rendered him unable to tell right from wrong. Two defense witnesses testified that Holmes was legally insane.