Judge says jurors in James Holmes trial should be prepared to serve 6 to 8 months

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DENVER — Jurors in the trial of accused theater shooter James Holmes should be ready to serve between six to eight months, a judge has said.

In court documents released Wednesday, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour said potential jurors would have to answer a series of questions.

The questions will include the juror’s background and, at the prosecution’s request, and estimate of how long the trial will last.

Samour wrote it was best to over-estimate the schedule, but said the individual questioning, called voir dire, will last two to three months and the trial may last between five and six months.

Jurors “should plan to be available to serve on this case for six to eight months,” he wrote.

Some 6,000 jury summonses have been mailed in the case. That 6,000 will be narrowed down to 150 people for 12 seats on the jury and 12 alternates

James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 and wounding 70 during a midnight showing of a Batman movie at an Aurora movie theater, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.