UPDATE: October trial date set in Colorado movie attack

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- The man accused of the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater in 2012 now faces trial in October.

Judge Carlos Samour on Thursday set an Oct. 14 trial date for James Holmes. Holmes is charged in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting that killed 12 people and injured 70.

However, the judge said it's possible the trial may be further delayed as prosecutors and defense attorneys spar over sanity evaluations of Holmes.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Updated at 1:29 PM
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A judge is preparing to set a new trial date -- the third -- for the man accused of killing 12 people at a movie theater near Denver in 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty and defendant James Holmes has pleaded insanity. Either factor alone means extra time for special arguments and tests.

The original trial date was in August. That was pushed to February after prosecutors announced they were seeking the death penalty, then the February date was abandoned when prosecutors requested that Holmes undergo a second mental health evaluation.

Earlier this month, Judge Carlos A. Samour granted the prosecutors' request, saying the initial state mental hospital evaluation was "incomplete and inadequate."

Samour gave the state hospital until July 11 to submit a new report and is expected to set a new trial date Thursday.


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