Two jurors for Aurora shooter trial have Columbine connections

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Two Jurors For Aurora Shooter Trial Have Columbine Connections

Attorneys in Colorado wrapped up jury selection for the trial of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes.

The specific identities of the people selected to decide the fate of the 27-year-old alleged murderer are protected. But, several media outlets have detailed backgrounds on each of the prospective jurors.

According to Fox 31 in Denver, two of the them have connections to the 1999 Columbine high school massacre. A woman whose niece was in the cafeteria during the school shooting and a male juror who survived the attack. He admitted during jury selection that he was, at one point, friends with both Columbine shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

The jury pool is made up of 12 jurors and 12 alternates. According to Westword.com the gender ratio is 19 women and 5 men. 23 of the jurors are caucasian and just one is hispanic. Several of the jurors have some connection to mental illness by way of family members or employment.

In December the parents of James Holmes pleaded for leniency for their son in a letter published in The Denver Post.

"He is not a monster. He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness...we love our son, we have always loved him, and we do not want him to be executed," Robert and Arlene Holmes wrote.

Jury selection for this case spanned months, according to the Associated Press, over 9,000 prospective jurors were originally summoned -- one of the largest pools in history.

Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others during a deadly shooting spree at a movie theater in 2012. Opening statements in the case are slated for April 27th.

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