CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Most victims and family members of those killed in the Aurora theater massacre said they don’t want cameras in the courtroom during the trial of the murder suspect.
CBS4 learned that prosecutors polled the victims and family members of victims. Sixty-four percent objected to media cameras during any phase of the trial, while 24 percent said that was OK, 6 percent took no position and 3 percent said cameras shouldn’t show witnesses.
“I actually have an objection to it. It’s going to be emotionally devastating to see pictures and videos and anything else that’s going to come up,” said Jessica Watts, who lost her cousin, Jonathan Blunk, in the shooting.
However, she said she didn’t see a problem with still and video cameras during opening statements, closing arguments and the verdict — but she stressed witnesses shouldn’t be shown.
“I don’t want to see it necessarily captured and replayed for, you know, public consumption,” she said.
The media have argued broadcasting the trial wouldn’t interfere with suspect James Holmes’ right to a fair trial. The prosecution and the defense filed motions saying they want to bar cameras but for different reasons.
Holmes’ defense said it would violate his constitutional rights, affect the dignity of the proceedings and “provide little, if any, benefit to the public.”
The Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office said allowing TV cameras and photographers in the courtroom would subject witnesses and victims to potential abuse and humiliation.
Holmes faces multiple murder counts and various other charges in the July 20, 2012, slaying of 12 movie patrons. The DA’s office is pursuing the death penalty. Holmes’ lawyers are arguing an insanity defense.
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