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Theater Shooting Trial Postponed

By November 22, 2013

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A Colorado judge has indefinitely postponed the trial of the man accused of killing 12 people in a shooting spree in a movie theater in July. District Judge Carlos Samour delayed the trial to deal with issues of defendant James Holmes' mental health issues.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all charges related to the shootings.

Judge Samour has scheduled hearings on December 17 and 18 to allow prosecution and defense attorneys the opportunity to argue whether Holmes should undergo another psychiatric evaluation.

Holmes has already undergone one psychiatric evaluation at a state hospital, but the results have not been made public. However, it is the prosecution who is requesting that Holmes undergo another evaluation.

The state is seeking the death penalty in the case. For Holmes to be found not guilty by reason of insanity, his evaluation will have to show that he did not understand right from wrong at the time of the shootings.

Earlier Articles:
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Theater Shooter Challenges Death Penalty
Theater Shooter Facing Death Penalty
Aurora Shooter Faces 24 Murder Charges
12 Killed in Colorado Theater Massacre

See Also:
Judge in Colorado Theater Shootings Indefinitely Postpones Trial While More Psych Tests Eyed

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