Ben Markus

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Sick Of Political Parties, Unaffiliated Voters Are Changing Politics

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The biggest group of voters politicians will have to woo this November are the ones who often don't get a say in which candidates make it to the general election ballot.

Turned off by the partisan wars in Washington, 39 percent of voters now identify themselves as independent rather than ...


Young, Independent Voters Change Politics In Colorado

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Voters under the age of 35 have become a decisive force in Colorado but many of them choose not to affiliate with a political party. We examine why.


Accused Planned Parenthood Shooter Shouts 'I'm Guilty' In Court

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Robert Dear, the man accused in the mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood office at Colorado Springs, blurted he was guilty Wednesday in court, one of several outbursts during his arraignment.


Suspect In Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting Appears In Court

Monday, November 30, 2015

The suspect in the shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs was in court Monday. Robert L. Dear faces multiple counts after the deadly attack that left three people dead and nine wounded.


So Tourists Can Indulge: Denver May Allow Pot In Bars And Restaurants

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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Awesome Tips, Dude: Denver May Allow Pot In Bars, Restaurants

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pot is legal in Colorado, but the capitol city has outlawed pot bars like those in Amsterdam, leaving tourists who flock to Denver to get high with no legal place to do so. But that may change soon.


James Holmes Sentenced To Life For Colorado Theater Shooting

Saturday, August 08, 2015

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Jury Begins Debating Whether Colorado Should Execute Theater Shooter

Friday, August 07, 2015

This week jurors heard victim impact statements from family members of the 12 people James Holmes killed in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. They start death penalty deliberations today.


Testimony: Parents Surprised Their Son Was Aurora Theater Gunman

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The parents of convicted shooter James Holmes took the stand in the sentencing phase of the trial. They told the Colorado jury that their son is mentally ill and should not receive the death penalty.


Death Penalty Or Life In Prison? Aurora Shooting Trial Goes To Sentencing Phase

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The sentencing phase of the Aurora Theater Shooting trial begins Wednesday. James Holmes, who was found guilty of murder last week, faces either the death penalty or life in prison without parole.


Jury Rejects Insanity Defense For Theater Shooter, Who May Get Death Penalty

Friday, July 17, 2015

James Holmes was found guilty of storming a midnight premier for the latest Batman movie, where he shot and killed 12 people and hurt 70 more. The question now is if Holmes will get the death penalty.


Prosecutors Say Theater Shooter's Detailed Plan Showed Intent — And Sanity

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jurors in the trial James Holmes heard closing arguments Tuesday. Colorado Public Radio's Ben Markus reports on the cases made for and against Holmes' insanity at the time of the killings.


Defense Gets Its Turn In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

Friday, June 26, 2015

Two psychiatrists testified for the prosecution that James Holmes was legally sane at the time of the shooting. The defense team will call its own experts, who are expected to say Holmes was insane.


James Holmes Psychiatrist Knew About Violent Thoughts, But Not Plan

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The psychiatrist who treated accused Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes has finished her testimony, and state prosecutors are due to rest their case this week.


Trial Of Aurora Theater Shooting Suspect Could Be A Battle Of The Experts

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The trial could come down to whether James Holmes was sane during the shooting. A court-appointed psychiatrist told jurors he was. But experts hired by the defense are expected to say the opposite.


Prosecution To Begin Calling Witnesses In Colorado Shooting Trial

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Aurora theater shooting trail continues Tuesday with witnesses for the prosecution. Jurors heard lengthy opening statements on Monday with both the prosecution and defense outlining their cases.


Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

Monday, April 27, 2015

James Holmes' legal team admits he was behind the massacre that killed 12 people in Aurora, Colo., nearly three years ago. Two key questions remain: Was Holmes insane, and should he be put to death?


Defense In Colo. Movie Theater Shooting Questions DA's Political Motives

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The district attorney prosecuting the Aurora shooting case is pursuing the death penalty. The defense was rejected when it offered to have the suspect plead guilty in return for life in prison.


Colorado's Marijuana Money Going Up In Smoke

Sunday, February 15, 2015

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Jury Selection To Begin In 2012 Aurora Theater Mass Shooting

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In Colorado, James Holmes's legal team admits that he was the shooter that killed 12 people. But the question is whether Holmes was legally insane at the time of the 2012 massacre.