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  • Opening statements to begin Monday in Colorado theater shooting trial

    NPR - 04/27/2015

    This trial is unique for many reasons — particularly because there is a trial at all. Jack Levin, a criminologist at Northeastern University, says mass shooters tend to die in the act, plead guilty and beg for the death penalty.

    Here, there will be a trial spanning six months, with extensive psychological evaluations.

    “We will learn from this trial, and that’s one of the few positive things you can say about it,” Levin says.

    One big question: Why did the gunman target a movie theater? Mass shooters tend to focus on familiar places like work or school.

    “He instead targeted people he didn’t even know,” Levin says.

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