When mass shooters die, some feel better off with no trial


NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Through his death in a gun battle with police, the Orlando nightclub gunman deprived his victims’ families of the chance for a trial that could have helped to channel grief, offer a sense of justice or provide answers for the bloodshed.

But some touched by other mass shootings in which the killers have died say they were grateful to be spared the extended, emotionally grueling legal proceedings of the kind that have added to publicity for killers like the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooter.

In Newtown, Connecticut, the gunman took his own life after killing 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. Scarlett Lewis says his survival only would have made it more difficult as she grieved for her murdered 6-year-old son, Jesse.

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