After 11 weeks, 256 witnesses and 47 days in the courtroom, both sides have rested in the Aurora theater shooting trial. Prosecutors said they will not present any rebuttal witnesses.
“The people don’t see a need to put on a rebuttal case at this time,” District Attorney George Brauchler told the judge.
Defense attorneys rested after calling their final witness on Friday morning: a defense investigator who told jurors about his dealings with the defendant in 2012. The defense began presenting its case on June 25, and the trial began on April 27.
Investigator John Gonglach previously testified on Monday. Jurors were shown jail surveillance videos that showed the defendant in his cell.
Jurors spent most of this week hearing from the defense’s star witness, University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist Dr. Raquel Gur. She has concluded that James Holmes was schizophrenic and insane at the time of the shootings.
Two court-appointed psychiatrists disagreed, declaring the defendant was sane and knew right from wrong.
Holmes told the judge on Thursday that he will not testify in his own defense.
Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in the July 20, 2012 attack on the Century Aurora 16 movie theater. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and he could face the death penalty if convicted.