Another delay in theater shooting trial

CENTENNIAL - The Oct. 14 trial date for the Aurora theater shooting case will be pushed back because the state's mental health hospital needs more time to conduct a second sanity evaluation of the shooter.

In a letter sent to the court by the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, the judge is asked to delay the trial because the second evaluator needs to review more material and conduct more interviews.

The letter also says the second evaluation of James Holmes will be videotaped.

In an order just published on Wednesday, Judge Carlos Samour granted the request and said a new trial date will be set during a July 22 hearing.

"The court also recognizes that most of the named victims likely oppose a postponement of the trial date. However, the Court has little choice but to grant the examiners request.

Judge Samour said in the order. " ... this is a complicated and voluminous case, and it is important that the second examination is adequate and complete."

While the trial was supposed to start Oct. 14 of this year, the mental health hospital is requesting that it be given until Oct. 15 to submit its report.

Prosecutors have requested a second sanity evaluation of Holmes to the objection of the defense.

9NEWS legal analyst Scott Robinson is under the firm belief the first evaluation found Holmes legally insane when the shooting occurred.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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