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UPDATE: Holmes jury declines to rule out death penalty

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):
   
12:40 p.m.
   
The jury in the Colorado theater shooting trial has again declined to rule out the death penalty as it moves toward sentencing James Holmes.
   
Jurors said Monday that Holmes' lawyers haven't presented a strong enough case to eliminate execution as an option.
   
The decision clears the way for another round of arguments before the jury makes a final decision between capital punishment and life in prison without parole. Prosecutors will call victims to testify about the impact of Holmes' crimes on their lives.
   
The same jury rejected Holmes' insanity claim and found him guilty of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 more in the 2012 attack.
   
Prosecutors are seeking his execution, saying his cruel ambush caused untold suffering. The defense wants a life term and says mental illness drove Holmes to kill.
   
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 1:30 p.m.
   
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.

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