Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

Theater shooting defense lawyers seek trial delay

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) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are requesting another delay in James Holmes’ trial, saying they don’t have enough time to prepare for the Jan. 20 start date.

In a motion made public Friday, the attorneys asked to push the trial back two or three months. They cited the volume of evidence and the demands of another case.

The judge didn’t immediately rule but asked prosecutors to respond Friday.

In another motion, defense lawyers said one of their witnesses won’t willingly testify because the trial will be televised. They asked the judge to reconsider TV coverage.

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

Source: AP

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