Use of theater shooting photos at trial debated

AP News
Posted: Nov 18, 2014 1:07 PM

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are arguing whether about 250 photos of dead and wounded victims should be shown during the trial.

Lawyers for defendant James Holmes said at a hearing Tuesday the photos would prejudice jurors against Holmes. The judge didn't immediately rule. None of the photos was shown in court.

Prosecutors plan to introduce a total of about 2,000 photos as evidence.

The defense also argued against showing jurors posters found in Holmes' apartment. Prosecutors say the posters speak to Holmes' mindset. The defense says they're irrelevant.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the attack on July 20, 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Jury selection is scheduled to start in January.