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Colorado theater shooting suspect Holmes to be restrained by harness in trial

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By The Associated Press
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8:30 p.m.
 

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.

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