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Aurora Theater Shooting: Three Jurors Dismissed From James Holmes Trial

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Three jurors have been dismissed from the panel that will decide the fate of accused Aurora Theater shooter James Holmes.

According to NBC News, one of the jurors, known only as Juror #872, told two others about two incidents that she should not have known about.

Juror #872, a married mother of three, somehow knew that the District Attorney had mistakenly Tweeted a message from inside the courtroom. She also knew that the defense team had asked for a mistrial. Because both of these incidents happened while the jury was not in the room, they shouldn’t have known about them.

The judge dismissed Juror #872 and the two other jurors with whom she discussed the case.

The jury, which was seated in April consisted of 12 jurors and 12 alternates. Despite the high profile of the case, the jurors were not sequestered.

Three alternates will now become jurors in the case. Testimony is expected to resume on Wednesday.

Holmes, 27, is accused of opening fire in a crowded Colorado theater in 2012. The shooting killed 12 people and injured more than 70 others.

Although Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, a psychiatrist testified last month that he was sane at the time of the shooting.

If Holmes is convicted, he faces the death penalty.

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