Panic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case say they are concerned about letting too many potential jurors go as jury selection enters its second week.
As hundreds of potential jurors began arriving at the courthouse, it became clear how badly some of them want to avoid serving on the death-penalty trial of James Holmes. Some cited health problems, poor English and employment issues as reasons they should not be selected for the trial, which could run into October.
Experts say jurors in death penalty cases have suffered symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. And unless their employers pay them, they will earn just $50 a day.
An unprecedented 9,000 prospective jurors were initially summoned. Those chosen must decide whether Holmes was insane when he killed 12 people and wounded 70 others during the July 2012 attack.