Victims of Aurora movie theater shooting asked to pay $700,000 to theater after failed lawsuit

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Colorado Movie Theater Wants Shooting Victims To Pay For Court Legal Fees


Victims of the 2012 Colorado movie theater shooting are now being asked to pay nearly $700,000 in legal fees after their lawsuit against the Aurora theatre was unsuccessful.

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After a shooting in a Cinemark location during a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' that left 12 dead and 70 wounded, victims of the massacre attempted to sue in state court, but a jury decided the theater was not responsible for lapses in security during the midnight premiere.

Now, Cinemark is asking victims to compensate costs for expert witnesses, preserving evidence, retrieving and copying records, travel and various other expenses totaling $699,187.13, courts documents stated.

The Associated Press reported Colorado courts allow for the winning party of a court case to recover legal fees. A judge did not immediately rule on the request.

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CENTENNIAL, CO - APRIL 27: Family members of Aurora Theater shooting victim Veronica Moser walk into the Arapahoe County Justice Center as opening arguments for the trial of Aurora Theater Shooting defendant James Holmes opened at the courthouse April 27, 2015 in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes faces multiple murder charges stemming from a mass shooting in July 2012 theater shooting that killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
CENTENNIAL, CO - APRIL 27: Members of the media film people walking into the Arapahoe County Justice Center as opening arguments for the trial of Aurora Theater Shooting defendant James Holmes opened at the courthouse April 27, 2015 in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes faces multiple murder charges stemming from a mass shooting in July 2012 theater shooting that killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
CENTENNIAL, CO - APRIL 27: Producers at Denver Post TV listen and take notes from the courtroom live feed of proceedings as opening arguments for the trial of Aurora Theater Shooting defendant James Holmes opened at the Arapahoe County Justice Center April 27, 2015 in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes faces multiple murder charges stemming from a mass shooting in July 2012 theater shooting that killed 12 people and wounded dozens of others. Holmes is seated at the very far left of the television screen. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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Jurors ruled in Cinemark's favor in the lawsuit earlier this year. The theater argued argued extra security measures would not have stopped the killing spree, despite victims arguing extra guards and a silent alarm may have prevented the assault.

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James Holmes is currently serving 12 consecutive life sentences after throwing gas canisters into a crowd of more than 400 people, and opening fire with a shotgun, assault rifle and a semi-automatic pistol.

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