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US suspect to wear hidden harness bolted to floor

June 27, 2013

DENVER (AP) — The suspect in last year’s U.S. theater shooting that left 12 dead and dozens injured will be restrained during his trial by wearing a harness under his clothes that will be anchored to the floor.

A judge ruled Thursday that James Holmes must be restrained because he’s charged with violent crimes.

Defense lawyers asked that Holmes not be shackled because it would make him look like a criminal to the jurors.

The judge said jurors won’t see the harness. The judge ruled earlier that Holmes can wear civilian clothing at his trial.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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