Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

13 excused from jury pool in theater shooting case


This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is returning to court as his lawyers challenge possible trial testimony about computer analysis and data. A judge is set to hear arguments about the issue beginning Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 when he opened fire on a packed movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in 2012. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Twelve potential jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case have been excused because they are prosecution witnesses, and another was dismissed because she works for the district attorney’s office.

The dismissals, made public Friday, were believed to be the first since 9,000 juror summonses were mailed Dec. 11.

The judge wants to choose 12 jurors and 12 alternates to hear the case against James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the attack on July 20, 2012.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The selection process formally starts Jan. 20 and is expected take up to five months, with opening arguments in late May or early June.

The names of the first 13 to be excused were redacted from court documents.

Source: AP

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