Colorado prosecutors announced Monday that they intend to seek the death penalty against James Holmes, the man accused of murdering 12 people during a July 2012 screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.
"For James Eagan Holmes, justice is death," Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler during a court hearing Monday, the Denver Post reports.
The trial is scheduled to begin August 5. Before deciding to seek execution as punishment for Holmes, Brauchler said, he consulted with the families of victims.
The Post reports that presiding judge William Sylvester on Monday reassigned the case to another judge, Carlos Samour, citing the added time required for a death penalty case.
Holmes, 25, offered last week to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence of life in prison.
The youngest victim of the theater shooting was 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, who died while watching the movie with her pregnant mother, who survived after suffering a miscarriage.
The death penalty hasn't been applied in several recent mass shooting cases. Jared Loughner, who pleaded guilty to the January 2011 murders of six people in a Tucson, Ariz., parking lot, was sentenced in November to life in prison. Adam Lanza, who killed his mother before murdering twenty-six people at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in December, killed himself before he could be arrested.