Potential juror says she was shot, another tears out hair: both released

February 4, 2015

The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting trial dismissed a potential juror who tore out her hair when told she would have to return for further questioning.

The incident occurred Tuesday outside the courtroom.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said the woman brought her grandchild to the courthouse because she couldn't find daycare for the unvaccinated child.

Samour said he was concerned about the health risks of having an unimmunized child in the courtroom.

Samour said the woman "lost it" when she was told she would have to return for further questioning. On Wednesday, Samour said other potential jurors found clumps of hair on the floor.

A different prospective juror has been released after she tearfully told a judge her mother had been murdered and she was wounded five years ago in an unrelated attack.

The woman told Samour on Wednesday that she had been shot nine times in December 2009.

Samour didn't ask for any specifics and her name was not released. Samour wished her well and told her she was dismissed.

The jury that is selected will determine whether James Holmes was sane during the 2012 attack that killed 12 people and injured 70 others.