Holmes' lawyers want closed jury selection

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Daniel King, defense attorney for James Holmes, arrives at the Arapahoe County Justice Center for a hearing on Thursday, May 29, 2014 in Centennial, Colo. The hearing will focus on how prospective jurors should be interviewed and what they should be asked in a written questionnaire. James Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Jury selection is scheduled to start in October, and the judge has said it could take up to three months. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool)
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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Lawyers for the defendant in the Colorado theater shooting case want jury selection closed to the public and press.

James Holmes' attorneys said at a hearing on Thursday that potential jurors could be harassed if their answers to questions are made public.

Prosecutors agreed that the individual questioning of prospective jurors should be closed so no members of the pool would learn in advance what they will be asked.

However, prosecutors want the final step kept open, when 12 jurors and 12 alternates are chosen.

Media organizations plan to file an objection over the move to close any of the process.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack.

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