Homicide

The Latest: Colorado theater shooting jury decides whether to keep death penalty on table

  • Defense attorney Tamara Brady, left, questions Robert Holmes, top right, the father of James Holmes, background left, during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial.

    Defense attorney Tamara Brady, left, questions Robert Holmes, top right, the father of James Holmes, background left, during the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial.  (AP)

  • FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial reached a decision Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, on whether to keep the death penalty as an option for Holmes. The jury deliberated for less than three hours, starting Thursday after Holmes' parents made an emotional plea for their son's life because he is mentally ill. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this July 23, 2012, file photo, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in 2012, sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial reached a decision Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, on whether to keep the death penalty as an option for Holmes. The jury deliberated for less than three hours, starting Thursday after Holmes' parents made an emotional plea for their son's life because he is mentally ill. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, James Holmes, top left in blue shirt, watches as defense attorney Kristen Nelson, second from top left speaks with Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr., top right, after his reading of the jury's sentencing verdict in the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The jury declined to rule out the death penalty as the sentencing process continues. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

    In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, James Holmes, top left in blue shirt, watches as defense attorney Kristen Nelson, second from top left speaks with Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr., top right, after his reading of the jury's sentencing verdict in the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The jury declined to rule out the death penalty as the sentencing process continues. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Jurors have reached a decision on whether to keep the death penalty as an option for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.

A court spokesman said the decision would be announced at 12:30 p.m. MDT.

Jurors began deliberating Thursday after Holmes' parents made an emotional plea for mercy because he is mentally ill. The jury took Friday off and resumed deliberations Monday.

The nine women and three men were asked to decide whether Holmes' mental illness and other circumstances mean he should be sentenced to life in prison instead of death for the 2012 attack that left 12 people dead and 70 injured.