Caren Teves, mother of victim Alex Teves, tweeted before the trial:
"Holding our survivor family close in thought & heart, strength & love. God help us all."
Sandy Phillips, mother of shooting victim Jessica Ghawi tweeted this morning:
"Thank you all for all the support being shown to the Aurora victims & survivors. So it begins..."
Judge Samour calls 10 minute break.
Judge Samour: Encourages jurors to be friendly with each other, talk about sports, current events - but NOT the trial. Instructed not to share any opinions on trial until final deliberations.
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Judge Samour: Jurors do not know whether they are alternates or not - to make sure they continue to pay attention.
Judge Samour: Jurors must decide whether James Holmes had a "diseased or defective mind" at the time of the act that made him incapable of knowing right and wrong.
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Judge Samour: Prosecutors must prove James Holmes acted "after deliberation and with intent," and "knowingly."
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Judge Samour: You should not read anything into the number of objections sustained or overruled.
Someone's cell phone just went off in court... Judge Samour: "At least it was a good jingle."
Judge Samour: No one will read jurors' notes - even after the trial.
Judge Samour: This trial may take 4-5 months. Tells jurors they it is their choice to take notes or not, but note-taking must not detract their attention from testimony and the conduct of witnesses. Urges jurors to rely more on their memory than notes.
Judge Samour: "You must not think I have an opinion for anyone or against anyone."
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Judge Samour: To protect the privacy of jurors the media is prohibited from contacting/communicating with jurors, their friends, family or acquaintances.
You can see the defendant in the corner of the image from the courtroom. The judge allowed him to wear street clothes instead of a jail jumpsuit, but he is restrained under the desk
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The jurors are entering the courtroom.
Judge Carlos Samour has entered the courtroom.