CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – Media organizations are arguing that jury selection should be open to the public in the upcoming trial of the man accused of killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater.
Prosecutors and lawyers for James Holmes argued last week that the public should be barred from all or part of the selection process. But media companies including The Associated Press say in a filing Tuesday that an open jury selection doesn’t preclude Holmes from getting a fair trial.
Holmes is charged with murder and attempted murder in the July 2012 attack, which also left 70 people injured. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Jury selection is scheduled to start Oct. 14. About 5,000 potential jurors will get a summons.
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