“I feel comfortable that your identity will be protected,” Samour said.
All 10 of the other prospective jurors questioned Tuesday were released in relatively short order, with the most colorful being a local artist who seemed convinced that execution was the only appropriate sentence for accused shooter James Holmes
“I’ve never had a murder trial where images aren’t shown. It’s a part of the trial,” Samour said. The court should be looking at the same screens as the jurors, he added.
The prosecution said they have a large, 5-foot by 7-foot, model of the movie theater that will require maneuvering and pre-planning to get into the courtroom
Judge Carlos Samour Jr. asked the sides to agree on a date after a prospective juror said her wedding would be held the prior week. Instead of excusing the juror from her duty, District Attorney George Brauchler and public defender Daniel King agreed to set April 27 as the most likely date for opening statements barring any delay or decisions to postpone the trial further
“I’m uniquely on both sides of the Columbine shooting,” he said.
Judge Carlos Samour Jr. has indicated that he is looking for between 120 and 135 prospective jurors to advance to the group stage. The other eight prospective jurors were released various reasons.
“With all respect to the families, their emotions can’t determine the case,” he said. The man, who said he was a single father and former teacher, said he understood the families’ grief and pain, but said those feelings wouldn’t sway his decision.
Judge Carlos Samour Jr. said he wants to have the trial completed before Labor Day. Two potential jurors have wedding plans on Labor Day weekend and expressed concern about the length of the trial