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James Holmes will face an almost totally white jury when he goes on trial April 27 in the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, theater shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70 others.
The 19 women and five men — 12 of whom will end up being alternates — were sworn in Tuesday afternoon, and only one of them is a member of a minority group: a Hispanic woman.
Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and many of the prospective jurors were questioned closely about their views on mental illness and the death penalty.
The pool includes two people with close ties to the 1999 shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Colorado. Another is a competitive shooter. One woman was a paramedic for 20 years.
Here are some more details about the jurors, who have been identified only by number, based on information provided during jury selection:
Juror 640: A white woman in her 40s who's a union plumber, with a daughter in the Army and a son in the Marines. She said she doesn't watch the news.
Juror 17: A white female lawyer in her 40s or 50s who's a caregiver for her elderly parents. She said was against the "not guilty by reason of insanity" plea and that the death penalty should be rare.
Juror 329: A white woman in her late 20s who was a volunteer victims' advocate in Aurora from 2008 to 2010. She said she dealt with sexual assault victims and crimes against people and was herself a victim of crime.
Juror 661: A middle-age white woman who works for the Denver Public schools and is a dental assistant instructor.
Juror 535: A middle-age white woman formerly married to a San Antonio, Texas, police officer. She said she was hospitalized for being a danger to herself in a bout of depression after her divorce. She said a niece was in cafeteria at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher and injured 21 other people.
Juror 87: A middle-age white woman who said she has a drug-addicted son and has dealt with depression. She said she believes some people are evil and have no soul.
Juror 901: A white woman in her 30s or 40s who's studying international security at Denver University. She said she doesn't watch the news.
Juror 495: A white woman in her late 20s to early 30s who said she was concerned that she would have to look at graphic images. She said she had trouble with the fact that Holmes could be released someday if he is found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Juror 872: A white woman in her 20s or 30s with three children. She said she was OK with the death penalty and started crying when it was mentioned that a child was killed. She said she doesn't watch the news.
Juror 1009: No information was available about this white woman, who said she was worried about her privacy.
Juror 118: A white female physicist with degrees in mathematics and psychology who works with explosives. She said she is a competitive shooter and that her husband is a nationally ranked competitive shooter.Husband and mother suffered from depression. She said her son-in-law is an Iraq war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Juror 983: A white man in his 30s who said that he could be impartial and fair and that all counts need to be considered. He said he doesn't watch the news.
Juror 378: A white woman in her 50s who was a paramedic for 20 years transporting mentally ill patients. She said she is not against the death penalty if it is applied appropriately.
Juror 155: A middle-age white man in his 50s. He said he was living in California at the time of the shootings and doesn't know much about case.
Juror 527: A white man in his 30s who's a store manager for Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Juror 673: A middle-age white woman with three children whose husband is on active duty in the military. She said she wished there were an option for a verdict of guilty but insane.
Juror 737: A white man in his 20s or 30s who was at Columbine High School during the 1999 massacre. He said Harris and Klebold were his best friends through the eighth grade and that one of their victims was his prom date and best friend in high school. He said he spent 10 years in therapy after the shootings and was concerned that he might not be able to handle the evidence.
Juror 706: An older white woman and intensive-care nurse who is retired from the Army. She said she had heard reports of the Aurora killings but wasn't interested in following the story and hadn't considered Holmes' background or past.
Juror 412: A white woman in her 20s or 30s who works in information technology for a mental health company in Aurora. She said she was in law enforcement with the Air Force, where she encountered people with mental health issues.
Juror 267: A middle-age Latina who's a school attendance clerk who said a couple of the students at her school were present during the theater shootings. She said she has a weak stomach for graphic images. She said that she hasn't formed an opinion on Holmes' sanity and that if it were proven that he had a severe mental illness, she would consider life in prison instead of the death penalty.
Juror 557: A white woman in her 30s or 40s. She said mental illness is no excuse for committing a serious crime. She said she hasn't followed the case closely.
Juror 307: A white woman who's a special education schoolteacher and works with children with mental illnesses. She said the death penalty is appropriate in some cases but would consider Holmes' mental state in deciding between death and a life sentence.
Juror 311: A middle-age white woman. She said she wants to hear from Holmes' parents.
Juror 313: An older white man who works at a gas station and said his company would pay him only for the first three days of jury duty. He said he has a daughter who is bipolar and tried to commit suicide at age 25.