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Colorado shooting judge holds protester in contempt

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, July 30 2015 Jul 30, 2015 July 30, 2015 6:42 PM July 30, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The judge in the Colorado shooting case has sentenced a woman to three weeks in jail for interrupting the lead prosecutor during closing arguments in the latest stage of the penalty phase.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. found Deborah Cave in contempt, saying her outburst Thursday "was offensive to the authority and the dignity of the court."

After Cave was sentenced, she yelled, "Y'all are just going to create 12 more murderers," referring to the jury. As she was being led out of court, she added, "you can't justify murder with murder."

Cave began yelling just before jurors began considering whether James Holmes' mental illness might be a reason to spare him from the death penalty. She shouted, "Don't kill him. Don't kill him," and continued yelling as she was pulled out of the courtroom and the door was closed.

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