CRIME

Colorado theater shooter's defense attorneys try to limit the gore, emotion jurors can see

FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting trial are trying hard to keep jurors from knowing the worst details of the massacre, fighting to prevent survivors from revealing how badly they were injured and objecting to photos showing even small amounts of blood. Prosecutors are doing just the opposite, trying to ensure witnesses’ emotional recollections are played throughout the trial in dramatic ways, so jurors don’t forget them. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting trial are trying hard to keep jurors from knowing the worst details of the massacre, fighting to prevent survivors from revealing how badly they were injured and objecting to photos showing even small amounts of blood. Prosecutors are doing just the opposite, trying to ensure witnesses’ emotional recollections are played throughout the trial in dramatic ways, so jurors don’t forget them. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting trial are trying to keep jurors from knowing the worst details by objecting to emotional testimony and pictures with even small amounts of blood.

James Holmes' attorneys want to keep jurors focused on whether he was legally insane, not the nightmare of the attack. Prosecutors have called dozens of witnesses, each with tragic stories.

Defense attorneys argue that survivors should not be allowed to testify about the long-term impacts of their injuries. They even suggested that a pregnant woman who was paralyzed in the shooting be barred from talking about her miscarriage.

Experts say the defense will have a hard time tamping down the gory details. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 and injuring 70.