Rules issued for jury selection in theater shooting case and media argues process should be public

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Jury selection in the upcoming trial of the man suspected of killing 12 people in an Aurora movie theater should be open to the public, media organizations told the judge Tuesday.

Prosecutors and lawyers for James Holmes argued last week that the public should be barred from all or part of the jury selection process.

Media companies including 7NEWS and The Associated Press argued in a Tuesday filing that an open jury selection doesn't preclude Holmes from getting a fair trial.

Holmes is charged with murder and attempted murder in the July 2012 attack, which also left 70 people injured. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Jury selection is scheduled to start Oct. 14. About 5,000 potential jurors will get a summons.

District Court Judge Carlos Samour also issued a ruling Tuesday that will allow the potential jurors to be questioned about their feelings on the death penalty and insanity. He also decided to limit each side to 20 minutes of questioning per prospective juror during the selection process.

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