Homicide

The Latest: Colorado theater shooting jurors get instructions on death penalty deliberations

In this image taken from video, defense attorney Tamara Brady, right, gestures during closing arguments in the sentencing phase of the James Holmes trial, in Centennial, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Holmes sits second from left in a light shirt. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

In this image taken from video, defense attorney Tamara Brady, right, gestures during closing arguments in the sentencing phase of the James Holmes trial, in Centennial, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Holmes sits second from left in a light shirt. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

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

1:29 p.m.

Jurors in Colorado theater shooting trial are close to beginning final deliberations on a sentence for gunman James Holmes.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. is reading instructions to the jury Thursday before they consider whether Holmes should be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will make their final arguments Thursday afternoon before deliberations begin.

The same jurors rejected Holmes' insanity defense and convicted him of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others three years ago at a suburban Denver movie theater.