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CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Death penalty deliberations in the third and final phase of the sentencing hearing for the Aurora theater shooter resumed at 8:30 a.m. Friday. They concluded at 2 p.m., when the court announced a verdict had been reached.

The jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision, meaning James Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Jurors deliberated for an hour on Thursday, following closing arguments. In total, they deliberated 6.5 hours.

The jury could have come back with three possible decisions: a unanimous vote for the death penalty, a unanimous vote for life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or a failure to reach a unanimous verdict – in which case the court will be required by law to render a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

RELATED: Read a sample verdict form given to the jury

FOX31 Denver has carried the entire trial live online, and we will continue to do so until the sentencing phase is complete. You can also watch the verdict read live on TV on FOX31 Denver this evening. Our TV coverage will be complemented by reactions and analysis.

After three months of emotional evidence and testimony as well as two sentencing phases, the death penalty is still on the table as a possible sentence for Holmes, convicted on July 16 of killing 12 and injuring 70 others.

Below is a live blog with observations and analysis from our team, which has been covering this case and impending verdict since the tragic shooting on July 20, 2012 inside the Aurora Century 16 theaters at the premiere of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.”

There is no need to refresh this page. The live blog below and live stream above update in real-time.

Have a trial question you’d like answered? Ask it on Twitter. If you direct your tweet to FOX31’s Digital Content Editor Will Holden (@will_c_holden) or include the hashtag #theatershooting, we will make sure to address it.

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