James Holmes Entered Court Today for Movie Massacre Trial

Accused gunman looked clean cut and wearing glassed as he sat in court for a shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70.
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Transcript for James Holmes Entered Court Today for Movie Massacre Trial
And now to Colorado this evening, and it's been more than two years now since that massacre in a movie theater in Aurora. And tonight, jury selection in the trial of accused gunman James Holmes now getting under way. You'll remember his fiery hair, that dazed look in the courtroom. But tonight, inside that court, Holmes virtually unrecognizable. As his parents now plead for their son's life. Here's ABC's Clayton Sandell. Reporter: Today in court, James Holmes looked more like the college student he used to be. Clean, cut, wearing glasses, even laughing with his attorneys. A starkly different look than this, shortly after the Aurora movie theater rampage. I've got seven down in theater nine! Seven down! Reporter: 12 people were killed. 70 injured. The now 27-year-old is one of the few mass shooters ever to face trial. The first of 7,000 potential jurors began reporting today. Oh, my god. Reporter: Holmes admits he was the gunman, but his attorneys say he was insane. Prosecutors, along with many families and survivors, believe justice comes only with a death penalty. But not all. My niece will never walk again. That's 26 years old. Reporter: Mary Ellen Hansen's niece, Ashley Moser, is now paralyzed. Ashley's 6-year-old daughter was killed. For Hansen, a long death penalty trial will bring fresh pain and appeals that could drag on for years. I would like to see that he is locked up with no possibility of parole ever. He did monstrous things. Therefore he is a monster. Reporter: The gunman's parents hope their son will be spared, writing an open letter last month. "He is not a monster. He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness." But David, picking 12 jurors and 12 alternates will take months. Opening statements are not expected until may at the earliest. David?

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