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Three jurors dismissed for discussing Aurora theater shooting case

By Danielle Haynes
Three jurors dismissed for discussing Aurora theater shooting case
Accused movie theater shooter James Holmes (left) makes his first court appearance at the Arapahoe County Courthouse with his public defender Tamara Brady on July 23, 2012 in Centennial, Colo. A judge on Tuesday dismissed three jurors in the trial because they were overheard discussing the case. File photo by RJ Sangosti/Pool | License Photo

CENTENNIAL, Colo., June 9 (UPI) -- A judge on Tuesday dismissed three jurors in the trial of James Holmes, charged in the 2012 Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, for discussing the case among themselves.

Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour Jr. had had three jurors, all women in their 20s and 30s, escorted out of the courtroom.

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He made the decision after a fourth juror said they overheard one of the three dismissed women telling the two others about news coverage of the trial outside of court. The three women had discussed the case at least twice.

The jurors were overheard discussing a message District Attorney George Brauchler mistakenly tweeted from inside the courtroom as well as a motion by the defense team for a mistrial.

The 12 jurors and 12 alternate jurors have repeatedly been instructed by Samour not to discuss the trial nor to read news coverage about it.

The dismissal leaves a total of 21 jurors -- including nine alternates -- in the courtroom. It's unclear if the three women who were dismissed were alternates.

Holmes faces 165 charges. Twelve people were killed and 70 were injured when he opened fire in July 2012 during a midnight showing of The Dark Night Rises at the Century Aurora 16 Multiplex Theater in Aurora.

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Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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