Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Judge: James Holmes sanity exam can be recorded


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)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case says defendant James Holmes’ second sanity evaluation of can be video-recorded despite his lawyers’ objections.

It isn’t clear from Thursday’s ruling whether the video could be shown to jurors.

The defense objected to videotaping, saying the law doesn’t authorize it and it might interfere with the results.

The judge said the law doesn’t prohibit recording and the defense didn’t demonstrate that it would interfere.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack.

He underwent a sanity evaluation last summer but the judge ruled it was flawed and ordered another.

The psychiatrist who will conduct the new exam says video provides a better record than handwritten notes.

Source: AP

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