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Locals React to One Year Anniversary to Aurora, Colorado Shooting
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on July 21, 2013 @ 5:45PM
Created on July 20, 2013 @ 6:21PM

It's been exactly one year since the shooting in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12 people happened. It's an event that rocked the nation, and it's not over yet.

The shooter's trial is coming up in February.

Monongalia County resident Todd Knudson said, "Honestly, I can't believe it's been a year."

This was the reaction from many people about the shooting that shocked our nation one year ago. Twelve people were killed. Another 70 people were injured. The youngest victim was a six-year-old girl.

Monongalia County resident John Elliot said, "Is any place really safe? It makes you wonder if it can happen there, it could happen anywhere."

James Holmes changed his plea in June to not guilty by reason of insanity. It's a defense that's used in less than 1% of criminal trials. Some said they think this plea is appropriate.

Monongalia County resident John Kuehn said, "He probably is. I don't think anyone normal would do that." 

Others said there's no way Holmes is insane.

Knudson also said, "He was smart enough and meticulous enough to plan all that out, then he knew what he was doing. There was absolutely no way in the world that he's insane." 

Other people said there's just one bottom line.

Monongalia County resident Nancy Elliot said, "I think that whether he pleads insanity or not, that the main thing is that he's removed from society, so that he isn't a threat to other people."

According to reports, many of the relatives of the people who died in the shooting want to be allowed to attend Holmes' trial, but the judge has yet to rule on whether or not they'll be able to.

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