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Jan 10, 2013 12:49 PM by NBC News

Abrupt End To Holmes Hearing

The hearing to determine if the man accused in the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre should go trial is over.

24-year-old James Holmes is accused of opening fire inside the theater last July, killing 12 people and injuring dozens of others.

On day three of the preliminary hearing defense attorneys announced this is the not the proper venue or time to put on a quote "show" or some truncated defense.

Therefore attorneys said they would not present evidence or call witnesses.

The development after three days of dramatic prosecution evidence.

On Tuesday prosecutors played dramatic 911 tapes.

In one, 30 gunshots could be heard during the 27-second call.

"It's horrific (talking about hearing the 911 tapes in court) and only because it's how many lives are being shattered at that exact moment," said Jessica Watts, a cousin of one of the victims.

Legal analysts say the calls will make a major impact with a jury.



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