Testimony to begin in civil trial against Colorado theater
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Opening statements are set to begin in a civil trial over whether the company that owns a Colorado movie theater should have done more to prevent a 2012 shooting there.
Attorneys will deliver their statements Tuesday morning before six jurors and two alternates begin hearing testimony in the case against Cinemark. Jurors will be asked to decide whether, in an age of mass shootings, the company should have foreseen the shooting that left 12 dead and more than 70 others injured.
Twenty-eight victims and their families are suing the theater company in state court. Their lawsuit says Cinemark should have had silent alarms and armed guards at the packed midnight premiere of a Batman film, where James Holmes launched his attack.
Holmes was sentenced last year to life in prison.
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