Tsarnaev sentencing won’t affect us, Aurora shooting trial jurors tell judge

Photo: Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, sketch, sentencing (AP)
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, stands with his defense attorneys as a death by lethal injection sentence is read in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston May 15, 2015.

Jurors in the Aurora theater shooting trial have told the judge their verdict won't be influenced by the death sentence in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Judge Carlos Samour asked the jurors about the Boston case on Monday, the start of the fourth week in the theater shooting trial.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death Friday in the Boston bombing.

Colorado prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against James Holmes. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 20, 2012, attack, which killed 12 and injured 70.

Later Monday, Samour denied a defense request to dismiss a juror who said she recognized an investigator who was about to testify. The juror said the investigator was a friend of a relative.

Prosecutors decided against having the investigator testify for now.