Colorado theater shooting

Prospective jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case were being questioned Wednesday about their views on the death penalty and mental illness as the second phase of jury selection began.

In the months ahead, the judge and lawyers on both sides are expected to question hundreds of people who were not excused after filling out lengthy questionnaires.

The first person questioned — a woman who appeared to be in her 20s — expressed some reservations about the death penalty but said she could keep an open mind. She was asked to return for the next round of selection.

(AP)

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James Holmes sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Denver

James Holmes sits in Arapahoe County District Court in Denver, Colorado on February 11, 2015, in this courtroom sketch. Lawyers in the murder trial of Colorado theater gunman Holmes are set to begin individual questioning of prospective jurors in the death-penalty case on Wednesday, a process scheduled to take four months to complete. REUTERS/Bill Robles (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler speaks as Defence attorney Dan King, James Holmes and Judge Carlos Samour, listen in Arapahoe County District Court in Denver

Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler speaks as Defence attorney Dan King (2ndL), James Holmes (L) and Judge Carlos Samour, listen in Arapahoe County District Court in Denver, Colorado on February 11, 2015, in this courtroom sketch. Lawyers in the murder trial of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes are set to begin individual questioning of prospective jurors in the death-penalty case on Wednesday, a process scheduled to take four months to complete. REUTERS/Bill Robles (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

James Holmes' defence attorney Dan King speaks in Arapahoe County District Court in Denver

James Holmes' defence attorney Dan King speaks in Arapahoe County District Court in Denver, Colorado on February 11, 2015, in this courtroom sketch. Lawyers in the murder trial of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes are set to begin individual questioning of prospective jurors in the death-penalty case on Wednesday, a process scheduled to take four months to complete. REUTERS/Bill Robles (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

FILE -This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are battling over what evidence can be admitted during Holmes’ murder trial, all in an attempt to build up or tear down the case that he was insane. On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 they are scheduled to argue over statements Holmes made to police after he was arrested after the July 2012 shootings and taken to a police station. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)

Defense attorney Daniel King arrives at district court for a hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding more than 50 in a crowded Colorado movie theater last year. Holmes could enter his long-expected insanity plea at the hearing Tuesday, though the case could also veer off on another tangent as his lawyers seek the strongest possible defense. Judge Carlos Samour Jr. has indicated he will allow James Holmes to change his plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Defense attorney Daniel King arrives at district court for a hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding more than 50 in a crowded Colorado movie theater last year. Holmes could enter his long-expected insanity plea at the hearing Tuesday, though the case could also veer off on another tangent as his lawyers seek the strongest possible defense. Judge Carlos Samour Jr. has indicated he will allow James Holmes to change his plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Family members and victims are escorted to the courtroom for a hearing where Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes asked a judge to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, Monday, May 13, 2013, in Centennial, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Aurora Police Officer Justin Grizzle leaves court after testifying at a preliminary hearing for James Holmes at the courthouse in Centennial, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Investigators say Holmes opened fire during the midnight showing of the latest Batman movie on July 20, killing 12 people and wounding dozens. Grizzle fought to keep his composure during his testimony, in which he described people running from the theater, wounded people trying to crawl from the theater, and people uninjured helping those who had been injured. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes yawns during a hearing in court in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Holmes was allowed to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool)

Family members and victims line up to get into court for a preliminary hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect james Holmes at the courthouse in Centennial, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts, including murder and attempted murder after a bloody rampage in a Colorado movie theater left 12 people dead. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Family members and victims line up to get into court for a preliminary hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect james Holmes at the courthouse in Centennial, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Holmes is charged with more than 160 counts, including murder and attempted murder after a bloody rampage in a Colorado movie theater left 12 people dead. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

FILE - This file photo provided by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office shows James Holmes, who faces faces multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the July 20 Colorado theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. and hasn't yet entered a plea. The preliminary hearing, which starts Monday, Jan. 7, will give the public its first officially sanctioned look at much of the evidence against Holmes. Holmes' lawyers have said he suffers from mental illness. At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, State District Judge William B. Sylvester will decide if the evidence is sufficient to put Holmes on trial. (AP Photo/Arapahoe County Sheriff, File)

FILE - This file photo provided by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office shows James Holmes, who faces faces multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the July 20 Colorado theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. and hasn't yet entered a plea. The preliminary hearing, which starts Monday, Jan. 7, will give the public its first officially sanctioned look at much of the evidence against Holmes. Holmes' lawyers have said he suffers from mental illness. At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, State District Judge William B. Sylvester will decide if the evidence is sufficient to put Holmes on trial. (AP Photo/Arapahoe County Sheriff, File)

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Thomas Teves, right, kisses his wife Caren Teves, center, at a press conference by families of victims of the Colorado theater shooting, in Aurora, Colo., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Thomas and Caren Teves lost their son Alexander Teves, 24, in the shooting. Families of some of the 12 people killed in the Colorado theater shooting are upset with the way the millions of dollars raised since the tragedy are being distributed. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

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Tom Teves, at podium, group spokesman of the families of the victims of the Colorado theatre shooting, speaks during a press conference in Aurora, Colo., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Families of some of the 12 people killed in the Colorado theater shooting are upset with the way the millions of dollars raised since the tragedy are being distributed. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

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Deidra Brooks speaks about the difficulties her family has faced after her son Jarell Brooks was shot in the leg in the Colorado theatre shooting, during a press conference in Aurora, Colo., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

The U.S. Navy Color Guard presents the flag that adorned the casket of Jonathan Blunk to his son Maximus Blunk, 2, sitting on the lap of his mother Chantel Blunk at Mountain View Cemetery August 03, 2012, in Reno, Nevada. Blunk, a five-year U.S. Navy veteran, was killed in the July 20 shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti-Pool/Getty Images)

Chantel Blunk, wife of Aurora shooting victim Jonathan Blunk, hugs a guest following her husband's funeral August 3, 2012 in Reno, Nevada. Blunk, a U.S. Navy veteran, was buried with full military honors after being killed by alleged shooter James Holmes in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting on July 20. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

Pallbearers carry Matt McQuinn, killed in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, from the church after his funeral Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Springfield, Ohio. McQuinn shielded his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, from gunfire during the shooting. Twelve people were killed and dozens were wounded in a shooting attack last Friday at a packed movie theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Pallbearers carry Matt McQuinn, killed in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, from the church after his funeral Saturday, July 28, 2012, in Springfield, Ohio. McQuinn shielded his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, from gunfire during the shooting. Twelve people were killed and dozens were wounded in a shooting attack last Friday at a packed movie theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Keith Hoover, right, with his girlfriend Monica Matryba hold a photo of fellow sailor Jon Larimer at the Aurora Municipal Center, Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., during a prayer vigil for the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a movie theater. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As night falls, candles sit iluminated along the sidewalk in front of a makeshift memorial for the victims of a mass shooting at the Century 16 theatre east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, July 20, 2012. Authorities report that 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault at the theatre during a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight." (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Photographs of theater shooting victim Alex Sullivan are shown, Saturday, July 21, 2012, at a memorial near the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Photographs of theater shooting victim Alex Sullivan are shown, Saturday, July 21, 2012, at a memorial near the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Maria Davila holds her daughter Alexia, 9, during a candle-light vigil, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Esmeralda Carbajal lights candles at a growing memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theater, late Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., nearly 24 hours after a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others watching the latest Batman film in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Three helicopters make a flyover of the Century Theater on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozenswere injured in the attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

Three helicopters make a flyover of the Century Theater on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozenswere injured in the attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

Flags around the Washington Monument in Washington fly at half-staff early Saturday, July 21, 2012, in tribute to the victims of the deadly mass shooting in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Flags around the Washington Monument in Washington fly at half-staff early Saturday, July 21, 2012, in tribute to the victims of the deadly mass shooting in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

From left, Tylecia Amos, 14, Shatyra Amos, 15, Michael Walker, 17, and Mykia Walker, 16, carry flowers to lay at a makeshift memorial across the street from the Century Theater parking lot, on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

From left, Tylecia Amos, 14, Shatyra Amos, 15, Michael Walker, 17, and Mykia Walker, 16, carry flowers to lay at a makeshift memorial across the street from the Century Theater parking lot, on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

Lonnie Delgado (R) hugs Heaven Leek during a prayer for victims at the Century 16 movie theatre where a gunman attacked movie goers during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie, 'The Dark Knight Rises' on July 20, 2012 in Aurora, outside of Denver, Colorado. According to reports, 12 people were killed and 59 wounded when James Holmes allegedly opened fire inside the theater. Police have Holmes 24, of North Aurora, in custody. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A written message that begins "To all the innocent souls... this is for you," is shown near a display of candles, flags, and other tributes, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo., across the street from the movie theater where a gunman killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens of others Friday in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Tom Sullivan, center, embraces family members outside Gateway High School where he has been searching franticly for his son Alex Sullivan who celebrated his 27th birthday by going to see "The Dark Knight Rises," movie where a gunman opened fire Friday, July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

Colorado Rockies' Jason Giambi, center, looks out to the field as players observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Colorado theater shooting before the start of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Friday, July 20, 2012, in San Diego. The gunman, identified by police as 24-year-old James Holmes, used a military-style semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol, stopping only to reload. At least 12 people were killed and several dozens wounded in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Police are pictured outside of a Century 16 movie theatre where as many as 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting during the showing of a movie at the in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Police are pictured outside of a Century 16 movie theatre where as many as 14 people were killed and many injured at a shooting during the showing of a movie at the in Aurora, Colo., Friday, July 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Windows are broken at the apartment of the alleged gunman James Holmes, 24, Friday, July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Authorities report that 12 died and more than three dozen people were shot during an assault at the theatre during a midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Police block the road in front of an apartment where the suspect in a theatre shooting lived in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, July 20, 2012. As many as 12 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre on Friday. The suspect is identified as 24-year-old James Holmes. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Police block the road in front of an apartment where the suspect in a theatre shooting lived in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, July 20, 2012. As many as 12 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre on Friday. The suspect is identified as 24-year-old James Holmes. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Firefighter work in front of an apartment where the suspect in a theatre shooting lived in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, July 20, 2012. As many as 12 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre on Friday. The suspect is identified as 24-year-old James Holmes. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Firefighter work in front of an apartment where the suspect in a theatre shooting lived in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, July 20, 2012. As many as 12 people were killed and 50 injured at a shooting at the Century 16 movie theatre on Friday. The suspect is identified as 24-year-old James Holmes. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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Police search what is believed to be the car of James Holmes, the suspect of a shooting in a movie theater, outside the Century 16 movie theater July 20, 2012 in Aurora, outside of Denver, Colorado. According to reports, 12 people have been killed and at least 38 wounded when James allegedly opened fire inside the a movie theater showing the 'The Dark Knight Rises.' Police have James, 24, of Holmes of North Aurora, in custody. (Photo by Thomas Cooper/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama walks down the steps after speaking about the Aurora, Colo., shooting at an event at the Harborside Event Center in Ft. Myers, Fla., Friday, July 20, 2012. Obama, who was scheduled to spend the day campaigning in Florida, canceled his campaign events to return to Washington to monitor the shooting aftermath. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

President Barack Obama walks down the steps after speaking about the Aurora, Colo., shooting at an event at the Harborside Event Center in Ft. Myers, Fla., Friday, July 20, 2012. Obama, who was scheduled to spend the day campaigning in Florida, canceled his campaign events to return to Washington to monitor the shooting aftermath. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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Judy Goos, second from left, hugs her daughters friend, Isaiah Bow, 20, while eye witnesses Emma Goos, 19, left, and Terrell Wallin, 20, right, gather outside Gateway High School where witness were brought for questioning Friday, July 20, 2012 in Denver. A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into a crowded movie theater at a midnight opening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

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Jacob Stevens, 18, hugs his mother Tammi Stevens after being interview by police outside Gateway High School where witness were brought for questioning after a shooting at a movie theater, Friday, July 20, 2012 in Denver. A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into a crowded movie theater at a midnight opening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)