Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Colorado theater shooting case costs $2.2M before trial

This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is returning to court as his lawyers challenge possible trial testimony about computer analysis and data. A judge is set to hear arguments about the issue beginning Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 when he opened fire on a packed movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora in 2012. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)DENVER (AP) — Documents show taxpayer costs for the Colorado theater shooting case have risen to more than $2.2 million before the trial has even started, and that doesn’t include legal costs for defendant James Holmes.

Officials in the Denver suburb of Aurora, where the July 2012 massacre occurred, said Wednesday they have spent more than $928,500 on the case, including $517,000 in overtime pay for police and other city employees.

Prosecutors previously said they’ve spent $920,000 on the case. Court officials say they have spent $435,000, mostly on courtroom security.

Holmes’ taxpayer-funded lawyers refuse to disclose their expenses, citing attorney-client privilege.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges in the killing of 12 people and injuring of 70. His trial is expected to start April 27.

Source: AP

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