CENTENNIAL — Precisely 1,011 days after the attack on the Century Aurora 16 movie theater, the trial that will decide what is justice for one of America's most notorious killers begins on Monday.
The reckoning starts just after noon, when prosecutors and defense attorneys take turns giving their opening statements to the newly seated jury and three years of secrets begin to spill out in an Arapahoe County courtroom during a four-hour span.
Until now, the case has hung in a kind of cocoon.
Key evidence was kept sealed. Investigators remained mum.
To the public outside, the most basic understanding of the attack remained elusive.
Calculated killings or acts of insanity? Preventable tragedy or unforeseeable horror? A man who deserves treatment or execution?