Judge in “Liberal Shooter” (James Holmes) Mass Shooting Case Won’t Move Death Penalty Trial

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The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case has denied defense attorneys’ longstanding request to move the death penalty trial to another county, saying he would have to search outside the state and perhaps even the country to find jurors who haven’t been exposed to extensive publicity.

District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said in an order Thursday that he’s confident the 12 jurors and 12 alternates selected this month in the trial of James Holmes are fair and impartial. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday in Arapahoe County, just south of Denver, where the shooting took place.