Judge sets new Dec. 8 trial date for James Holmes
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.
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