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jurors deciding the fate of colorado theater shooter james holmes getting a rare chance to take an active role in the trials proceed geek the jury has submitted some questions and i have found waiters daniel wallace is covering the story , colorado is one of only three u. s. states where the judge is obliged to let jurors ask questions of witnesses in civil and criminal cases , it does happen in other states but it's much rarer because it's at the judge's discretion , holmes is charged with killing twelve people and wounding seventy more at a midnight screening of the batman movie in the denver suburb of aurora three years ago , since the trial began late last month jurors have heard testimony from victims of the massacre officers who responded at the scene and expert witnesses all the while passing questions they have to the judge , but elsewhere the magazine clips of pistols come preloaded on us and if not how long they take to load that austin f. b. i. special agent who's worked in iraq and bosnia how long it would take him to settle the improvised explosive devices the homes rigged up in , after testimony from a forensic analyst several members of the jury asked similar questions about how long gunshot residue stayed on people or objects , you know ma'am when four jurors asked the same question , it may be a teaching moment for the lawyers , defense attorneys claim homes was suffering from a mental illness at the time of the july twenty twelve attack , prosecutors are seeking the death penalty seated right over here