Colorado theater shooting suspect to wear hidden restraint at trial

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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 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 last July. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

A trial expert says the 5,000 people expected to get a jury summons would be among the highest number in the nation's history.

The judge has ruled the jury won't be sequestered for the trial and will be able to use phones and computers outside of court, but not during deliberations.

Holmes is scheduled for trial in February.

Associated Press

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