AURORA | Jurors in the Aurora theater shooting trial asked Friday to watch a gruesome video showing the crime scene as they deliberate whether the gunman should be executed for his crimes.
Lawyers for James Holmes objected to letting the jury watch the video, saying it was graphic and put an unfair focus on the grueling victim impact testimony jurors heard at the end of the trial this week.
Judge Carlos Samour Jr. disagreed and said the video should be shown to the jury, but he said they can only view the 50-minute video once and the television will be taken away after 50 minutes. .
“The exhibit will aid the jury in their proper consideration of the case,” he said.
The jury asked Samour for the television and DVD player so they could watch the crime scene video around 9 a.m.
Around 11 a.m., Samour sent the equipment in.
The jury deliberated for about an hour Thursday before going home for the day. They resumed deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
The same jury that is deciding whether Holmes should be sentenced to life in prison convicted him last month of killing 12 and wounding 70 more during the July 2012 attack on an Aurora movie theater.