Life Or Death Penalty, Fate of James Holmes Decided Tonight

The next step in the trial of James Holmes began Wednesday and jurors met to begin the penalty phase.

We've followed the case closely and since it spans many years, we wanted to take a look back.

It all started on July 20th of 2012.

That's when Holmes opened fire at a midnight showing of a batman movie at a Colorado movie theater.

In all, he killed 12 people, and hurt 70 others.

Police found and arrested Holmes that night without a struggle.

Six months later, in January of 2013, the judge ruled there is enough evidence in the case for Holmes to stand trial.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and the jury selection process runs its course.

Taking us to April 27th of 2015.

When opening statements begin.

The trial lasts almost two months.

And on July 16th, the jury found Holmes guilty on 165 counts of murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.

Later this Wednesday evening, that same group of 12 men and women are deciding between the death penalty or life in prison for James Holmes.