The Latest: Holmes jury leaves after keeping death as option

In this image made from Colorado Judicial Department video, James Holmes, top left in blue shirt, watches as defense attorney Kristen Nelson, second from top left speaks with Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr., top right, after his reading of the jury's sentencing verdict in the Colorado theater shooting trial in Centennial, Colo., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. The jury declined to rule out the death penalty as the sentencing process continues. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial are being sent home for the day after declining to rule out the death penalty for James Holmes.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. reminded jurors on Monday to stay away from news reports about the case and the recent theater shooting in Louisiana. He told them to report back to court at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Earlier, jurors said that Holmes’ lawyers had not presented a strong enough case to eliminate execution as an option. They deliberated for less than three hours.

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.

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