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Colorado Rockies' Jason Giambi, center, looks out to the field as players observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Colorado theater shooting before the start of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Friday, July 20, 2012, in San Diego. The gunman, identified by police as 24-year-old James Holmes, used a military-style semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol, stopping only to reload. At least 12 people were killed and several dozens wounded in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Colorado theater shooting

Prospective jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case were being questioned Wednesday about their views on the death penalty and mental illness as the second phase of jury selection began.

In the months ahead, the judge and lawyers on both sides are expected to question hundreds of people who were not excused after filling out lengthy questionnaires.

The first person questioned — a woman who appeared to be in her 20s — expressed some reservations about the death penalty but said she could keep an open mind. She was asked to return for the next round of selection.


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