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 / Updated  / Source: NBC News

A jury was seated Tuesday evening in the death penalty trial of Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooter James Holmes.

A dozen jurors and 12 alternates were chosen from a pool of approximately 9,000 prospective jurors — one of the largest jury pools in U.S. history —that courts initially summoned since late January.

Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the grisly July 2012 shooting during a midnight screening of the film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora that left 12 people dead and 70 injured.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin on April 27, with testimony set to start on April 28.

The former University of Colorado graduate student could face the death penalty If convicted on multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

If the jury finds that he was legally insane at the time of the shooting, Holmes would be indefinitely committed to a state psychiatric hospital.



— Daniella Silva