Theater shooter’s fifth grade teacher testifies gunman was popular kid

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The penalty phase of the Aurora theater shooting trial starts Wednesday. Prosecutors will argue the convicted killer deserves the death penalty and defense attorneys will try to convince jurors to send him to prison for life.

Lawyers from both sides were in the courtroom Monday. Defense attorneys videotaped testimony from one of their witnesses who is not available when the trial resumes.

Paul Karrer was James Holmes’ fifth grade teacher at Castorville Elementary School in Center, California.

He said Holmes was a bright, friendly and popular kid. “He was balanced. He was like a renaissance kid. He had academic abilities and the kids liked him.”

The same jurors who convicted him last week will be back on Wednesday for the start of the penalty phase. It’s expected to take about a month.

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