Some images barred at theater shooting trial

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Posted: Dec 23, 2014 6:27 PM

DENVER (AP) — The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting case will let prosecutors show some photos of the theater and James Holmes' apartment but is barring others that could unfairly bias jurors.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. says in an order Tuesday that he will allow many of the 215 photos prosecutors want to show, despite defense lawyers' objections that they're too gruesome. Many of them are of dead and wounded victims. Samour says prosecutors will have to prove the necessity of the photos at trial.

But Samour isn't allowing a handful of images. They include a bloody emergency room and a slain victim's tattoo bearing the names of his children.

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