Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Judge sets new Dec. 8 trial date for James Holmes

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) — The judge in the Colorado theater shootings has tentatively set a new trial date of Dec. 8.

Defendant James Holmes had been scheduled go on trial in October, but the judge ordered a delay because a doctor requested more time to complete Holmes’ second sanity evaluation.

The new date was announced Wednesday.

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

Holmes underwent a sanity evaluation last year. The key findings haven’t been released, but the judge ordered a second after concluding the first was flawed.

This is Holmes’ third trial date. It was previously postponed after prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty and after prosecutors asked for another sanity evaluation.

Source: AP

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lee c fairfax says:

I can accept that a number of killers are insane. However, they should never be allowed to walk free. They may ‘recover’ in hospital and half-way house life but, once in Society, they tend to stop their medications, self medicate and become exposed to unsettling happenings in their daily life that pushes them again, over the edge.


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