Jury finalized for Aurora theater shooting trial

April 15, 2015

A jury has finally been selected for the Aurora theater shooting trial in which a gunman faces the death penalty for killing 12 and wounding dozens more. 

It took months to whittle down an unprecedented jury pool of nearly 10,000 people.

Intense media coverage of the 2012 shooting made finding an impartial jury difficult. On top of that, jurors must support the death penalty since it’s being sought in this case. In the end, the legal teams settled on 12 jurors and 12 alternates to decide the fate of James Holmes.

The jury consists of 19 women and five men. They won’t be sequestered, and will endure what’s expected to be a four-month trial. Opening statements begin in about two weeks. 

The gunman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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