CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - The Latest on the civil trial over the Colorado theater shooting (all times Mountain):
A six-person jury and two alternates have been selected to hear a civil trial over whether the company that owns a Colorado movie theater should have done more to prevent a 2012 shooting there.
Opening arguments are set for Tuesday morning in state court in a Denver suburb.
Twenty-eight victims and their families are suing the theater company Cinemark. The plaintiffs say the company should have had silent alarms and armed guards at the packed midnight premiere where James Holmes launched his attack.
Holmes was sentenced last year to life in prison for killing 12 people and injuring 70 more in the 2012 shooting during the opening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Jury selection is under way in the civil trial over the Colorado theater shooting brought by victims’ families.
Opening arguments are expected later Monday, nearly nine months after the shooter, James Holmes, was sentenced to life in prison for killing 12 and injuring another 70. Holmes slipped through an emergency exit that he had propped open and started shooting.
Twenty-eight victims and their families allege in the state lawsuit that Cinemark should have had silent alarms that would have sounded and armed guards at the packed midnight premiere, among other security measures. Some of the victims filled the first rows of the courtroom in Centennial. But unlike the emotionally wrenching criminal trial, there are no deputies guarding all sides of the courtroom and no defendant tethered to the floor.
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