TAMPA, FLA. -- The Colorado movie theater massacre may have been horrific but Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty executive director Mark Elliot says he still opposes executing James Holmes should he stand trial and be convicted.
Elliot says resources that would be spent trying to put Holmes to death would be better spent trying to solve the mountain of cold case murders still on the books.
"I know in Florida will have over 12,000 unsolved homicides in the last 30 years. Those are murderers who have gotten away with murder," Elliot says. "These are people that we would all be safer if they were brought to justice."
That doesn't mean Elliot doesn't feel compassion for the victims of the bloodbath in Colorado and their families.
"Of course, of course. Anyone with a red blood cell in their body would. But the answer is what can we do about it? How can we prevent these kinds of things from happening to more people, to more victims of violent crime."
Elliot says you can make a case for using lethal force for self defense or to defend others but, years later, trying to execute murderers is just 'pouring money down the drain' when the answer is preventing violent crime from happening in the first place.