Jury Picked for James Holmes in Aurora Theatre Shooting Case

After 3 months and 9,000 candidates, the jury has been picked for James Holmes in the Aurora Shooting case.

Interestingly, there are two members who have direct ties to the Columbine shootings in 1999.

Juror No. 737, fled the building safely, but was childhood friends with the gunmen and went to prom with a victim.

He told the judge that after a decade of therapy "to get over it" he thought he could be fair and that the experience might make him a better juror.

A second juror has a niece who was in the cafeteria at Columbine at the time of the shootings. [More...]

her son-in-law, a prison guard and Iraq war veteran, suffers from PTSD. “I think mental illness is a fact of life,” she said. “A lot of us have been touched by it.”

There's also a female lawyer on the jury, and a female plumber with ADHD.

The article contains reactions by prominent jury consultant Robert Hirshhorn. He says female jurors are more likely to vote for life, and more receptive to doctor's testimony because more women go the doctor than men and are more likely to credit their testimony.

The Denver Post has more on the 24 jurors. There are 19 women and 5 men.

Holmes has pleaded not guillty by reason of insanity. The trial begins April 27.

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