Aurora Shooting Suspect James Holmes to Wear Harness Locked to Floor During Trial

| by Michael Allen
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James Holmes, the suspect in the 2012 Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, will have to wear a harness that will literally be anchored and locked to the courtroom floor when he goes on trial in February 2014.

The unusual precaution was ordered by Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. on Thursday.

Holmes' defense attorneys wanted the jury sequestered during the trial, but the judge ruled against sequestration because it would be costly, impractical and create an undue burden, notes the Associated Press.

Holmes had to wear shackles on his wrists and ankles during pretrial hearings.

However, his lawyers want him unshackled during the trial because they feel it would make him look guilty and influence the jury.

Judge Samour said Holmes has to be restrained because he is charged with violent crimes. However, many people are charged with violent crimes and are not shackled during their trial. A recent example would be convicted murderer Jodi Arias.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple charges of murder and attempted murder. He allegedly killed 12 people and injured 70 others at a movie theater on July 12, 2012.

Source: Associated Press