DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. John Hickenlooper announced his choice to fill a vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday. He chose Carlos Samour, the judge who presided over the Aurora theater shooting trial.

Earlier this month, a judicial nominating commission gave the governor three judges to choose from, after Chief Justice Nancy Rice announced her retirement.

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The nominees included Maria Berkenkotter, the former chief judge of the 20th Judicial District in Boulder County; Karen Brody, a judge in the 2nd Judicial District in Denver County; and Carlos Samour, a judge in the 18th Judicial District in Arapahoe County.

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Judge Carlos Samour (credit: CBS)

Rice announced in March that she will retire at the end of June. She will have served more than four years as chief justice, nearly 20 years on the court and about 31 years total as a judge in Colorado.

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Samour is Hickenlooper’s fifth appointment to the seven-member state Supreme Court.