Jurors get 1st look at video of theater shooter asking police if any children were hurt

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FILE - In this image taken from Colorado Judicial Department video, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, left rear in light-colored shirt, watches during testimony by witness Derick Spruel, upper right, on the second day of his trial in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. Standing at left is prosecutor Lisa Teesch-Maguire. Defense attorneys have urged jurors not to let emotions sway them, but with weeks of harrowing testimony still to come, experts say James Holmes’ lawyers will have a difficult time convincing jurors to put sympathy behind them as they decide whether he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in July 2012. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool, File)


FILE - This Jan. 15, 2015, file photo shows the jury box, right, inside Courtroom 201, where the trial of Aurora movie theater shooting defendant James Holmes is currently taking place at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Defense attorneys have urged jurors not to let emotions sway them, but with weeks of harrowing testimony still to come, experts say James Holmes’ lawyers will have a difficult time convincing jurors to put sympathy behind them as they decide whether he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in July 2012. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool, File)


CENTENNIAL, Colorado — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial got their first look at a video of gunman James Holmes asking detectives, "There weren't any children hurt, were there?"

The video was played in court Monday. It showed a dazed-sounding Holmes at police headquarters about two hours after the attack.

The detectives don't answer Holmes about children, but one says, "We'll get to that."

Det. Chuck Mehl testified later that Holmes had seen a sign at the police department for the Crimes Against Children Unit, which may have prompted the question.

Twelve people died and 70 were injured in the July 2012 attack.

Holmes' attorneys acknowledge he was the gunman but say he was mentally ill. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecutors say Holmes knew what he was doing.

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