Colorado theater shooting suspect Holmes to be restrained by harness in trial
DENVER — Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes will be restrained during his trial by wearing a harness under his clothes that will be anchored to the floor.
A judge ruled on Thursday that Holmes must be restrained because he's charged with violent crimes.
Defense lawyers asked that Holmes not be shackled because it would make him look like a criminal to the jurors.
The judge said jurors won't see the harness, and the anchoring cable will blend in with computer cables at the defense table.
The judge ruled earlier that Holmes can wear civilian clothing at his trial.
Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others at a movie theater in July. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Meanwhile, the judge said the jury won't be sequestered.
Jurors will be able to use phones and computers outside of court during the trial but not during deliberations.
The judge issued both guidelines on Thursday.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ‘12 Days of Christmas’ items top $34K, up 0.6 percent
- New Navy destroyer Zumwalt’s seaworthiness questioned before sea trials
- Iraq War veteran, mother of 2 slain in Colorado clinic rampage
- Upstate New York town threatened by Arizona man in online post, reports say
- Hunt on for mother of baby buried alive in California
- Storm lingers in southern Plains
- Foreign policy expert: Obama administration should create Syria safe areas
- Pot doctors in medical marijuana states push boundaries with marketing
- Colorado clinic shooting suspect talked of baby parts, police say
- Federal $1.1 trillion spending bill loaded with policy deals
- Police officer killed in Colorado Spring clinic rampage a co-pastor, figure skater