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The Aurora Theater Shootings

James Holmes Charged in Mass Murder


James Holmes

Holmes' First Court Appearance

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On July 20, 2012, a man dressed in costume as "The Joker" set off two tear gas containers during a midnight premier showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" at the Century 16 in Aurora, Colorado and then opened fire on the packed crowd. He killed 12 people and wounded 58 others.

Here are the latest developments in the case:

December 8 Set as Holmes' Trial Date

July 17, 2014 - District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. has set December 8 as the new trial date for the capital murder trial of accused Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. This is the fourth date that has been set for the trial.

The trial was first set for August 2013, but that was delayed when prosecutors announced they were going to seek the death penalty. The second trial date, in February 2014, was changed when prosecutors requested a second mental evaluation of Holmes.

The October 14 trial date was delayed when the psychiatrist conducting the mental evaluation requested additional time to report his findings.

News Sources: FOX News: Judge Sets New Dec. 8 Trial Date for James Holmes

Aurora Theater Trial Delayed Again

July 9, 2014 - The first-degree murder trial of James Holmes for the deaths of 12 people and injury of 70 others in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater has been delayed again and no new date has been set.

The latest delay is due to the state mental hospital not being able to complete a second court-ordered psychological evaluation of the defendant, who has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

The trial was scheduled to begin October 14, but hospital officials reported that they could not complete the evaluation and file a report until October 15. The report was supposed to be filed August 15.

Holmes is facing a possible death sentence if convicted.

Previous Developments

Trial Date Set for James Holmes
Feb. 27, 2014
For the third time, a Colorado judge has set a trial date for the man accused of shooting up an Aurora movie theater while dressed as the Joker. Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour scheduled October 14 as the date for the capital murder trial of James Holmes, who killed 12 people in July 2012.

New Exam Ordered for Theater Shooter
Feb. 19, 2014
A Colorado judge has ordered a new psychiatric evaluation for the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 in a 2012 shooting attack at an Aurora movie theater. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. ordered the new exam of defendant James Holmes because he ruled the first evaluation "incomplete and inadequate."

Theater Shooting Trial Postponed
Nov. 20, 2013
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.

Theater Shooting Trial Could Last 8 Months
Oct. 11, 2013
Jurors who are chosen for the murder trial of a Colorado man who killed 12 people in an Aurora movie theater in July 2012 will be told the proceedings could last up to eight months, the judge has said. The jury selection for James Holmes' trial alone could take up to two months, potential jurors will be told.

Theater Shooter Challenges Death Penalty
Sept. 3, 2013
Attorneys for a man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in a Colorado theater shooting have filed 20 motions last week in an effort to try to save him from the death penalty. James Holmes' lawyers have launched a broad attack on the death penalty and how it is administered in Colorado.

Theater Shooter Facing Death Penalty
April 1, 2013
Rejecting a guilty plea offer from the accused, Colorado prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for the 25-year-old man who killed 12 people at an Aurora movie theater in July. James Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting during a Batman movie.

Aurora Shooter Faces 24 Murder Charges
Judy 30, 2012
The man who was arrested for shooting to death 12 people and wounding 58 others in a Colorado movie theater is now facing 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. For each person who died, James Holmes faces one count of premeditated murder and one count of murder with extreme indifference to the value of human life.

12 Killed in Colorado Theater Massacre
July 20, 2012
Twelve people were killed and as many as 50 injured in a Aurora, Colorado movie theater at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. Police have in custody 24-year-old James Holmes who reportedly surrendered to police in a rear parking lot of the theater.

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