James Holmes Penalty Trial Update – Teenager Says Her Family Is Broken By Massacre

James Holmes Penalty Trial Update – Teenager Says Her Family Is Broken By Massacre
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Aiming for the death penalty, the prosecution presented teenager Cierra Cowden, daughter of one of the victims in the Colorado movie massacre, and the one who testified that her family was broken when she saw her father murdered by James Holmes in 2012. Sobbing while on the witness stand, the young Cowden told the jurors she misses her dad.


“I’m a mess up here. It’s selfish to say, but I just miss him being my dad. I just miss him being there,” said the 19-year-old daughter. Cowden is just among the dozen witnesses presented by the prosecution during the penalty stage of the trial.

According to her, she was 16 when she went with her father to the midnight screening of a Batman movie at Century 16 cinema when Holmes stood up and began his shooting spree. When asked her last memory she had of her father, Cierra, now a college student, recalled that fateful night.

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“When the shooting started, he started to get up. He started to move forward, then he hesitated and turned to make sure we were coming too,” she said. She also narrated she attempted to wake her father up after being shot and thought he was already dead, Reuters reports.

Police came and she was sent home. The hours were agonizing as she, her mother and the police were waiting for information about her father. Alas, someone told them her father was dead.

James Holmes was armed with two tear gas grenades, a Glock 22, a Remington 870 Express Tactical shotgun, and Smith & Wesson M&P15 rifle.

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The jury, consisting of three men and 9 women, shall hear closing remarks before deciding on the proper penalty for James Holmes, the convicted perpetrator who killed 12 people and injured 70 others.