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Jury selection starts in Colorado theater shooting trial

2 years 4 months 4 days ago January 20, 2015 Jan 20, 2015 Tuesday, January 20 2015 January 20, 2015 2:11 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Sadie Gurman and Dan Elliot

CENTENNIAL, CO - Jury selection has started in the Colorado theater shooting trial after a judge called an unprecedented pool of 9,000 potential jurors to hear the death penalty case.

The first wave of potential jurors reported to a courtroom Tuesday to hear the judge explain the process and fill out a form gauging whether they are suitable to be brought back for further questioning.

It will take weeks to come up with a panel that will decide if defendant James Holmes was sane at the time of the shooting and recommend whether he should be executed if convicted.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in the July 20, 2012, attack on the Denver-area movie theater.

Some potential jurors carried books or newspapers or looked at their cellphones as they waited to get through security in the hallway, their second screening since entering the courthouse.

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