James Holmes sits with defense attorney Tamara Brady during his arraignment on March 12. (AP)
[Updated at 1:55 p.m. MT]
CENTENNIAL, Colo.—Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler wasted little time Monday morning in announcing he will seek the death penalty against the man accused of shooting 70 people, killing 12, during a midnight attack at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last summer.
"For James Eagan Holmes, justice is death," Brauchler told the court, minutes after the hearing started.
Brauchler said his office surveyed victims and hundreds of people connected to the massacre to help make the decision.
"I hope I can be in the room when he dies," Bryan Beard, whose friend Alex Sullivan was killed in the theater, told Yahoo News. "If you cause death upon somebody, I believe the only justice is death."
Reporters in the courtroom said Holmes appeared to have no reaction to Brauchler's announcement. His parents, Robert and Arlene Holmes, reportedly clasped hands and then embraced when the DA disclosed his plan. A few people on the victims' side of the courtroom cried.Read More »from Colorado prosecutors seeking death penalty against James Holmes