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Character Witnesses Say Aurora Shooter James Holmes Was Happy Child

The jury was dismissed for the day but character witnesses said Holmes had a happy childhood growing up in California. Holmes faces the death penalty.
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The sentencing hearing for Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was canceled for the day Friday because a juror is ill.

The weary-sounding juror told the judge she had a sinus infection and felt miserable, and attorneys for both sides didn’t want to dismiss her at such a late stage.

Eight character witnesses gave videotaped testimony Friday that will be played for the jury next week. Eight character witnesses said Holmes was a happy, friendly child when he was growing up in California.

Defense lawyers are calling witnesses to describe Holmes' more humane side as they try to persuade jurors to sentence him to life in prison without parole instead of death.

Earlier, an alternate judge was questioned after he wore a Metallica T-shirt with an image of a man being electrocuted.

The alternate juror said the shirt wasn't intended to send a message, and he grabbed it without thinking because he was running late. The alternate juror did not convict Holmes.

Jurors are hearing arguments on whether Holmes should be sentenced to death or life in prison. The same jurors convicted him last week of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack.