Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Defense for Colorado shooter accuses prosecution of withholding information

After receiving more than 16,000 pages of discovery material, the defense team for accused Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes now accuses prosecutors of withholding information and providing a significant amount of irrelevant material.

In a court document released Monday the defense team led by attorney Daniel King contended that the prosecution redacted too much information from pages 14,332 through 16,522 of the discovery provided by the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

Specifically, the defense wants access to the unredacted records of a cell phone obtained by police that allegedly had text messages from Holmes. The name and gender of the cell phone owner were redacted. The defense alleges that the prosecution did not properly filter what material to redact, instead deciding to call the cell phone owner to tell him or her they would simply redact the information in question because the defense would “misuse this information and would harass friends and family if they obtained it.”

Holmes is accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight premier of Dark Knight Rises — killing 12 people and injuring 57 others.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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