ARAPAHOE COUNTY - A new host of theater shooting documents have been filed by the defense team, 9Wants To Know has learned.
Most of Tuesday's documents are motions filed by the defense team in an effort to thwart the death penalty.
The defense says they want the jury to visit three prisons and death row if the case results in a death penalty sentencing phase . They also want to limit amount of "victim impact evidence."
The defense attorneys also want to video record the voir dire process. Voir dire is a legal phrase that refers to a variety of procedures connected with jury trials. It originally referred to an oath taken by jurors to tell the truth, what is objectively accurate or subjectively honest, or both.
Defense attorneys also want the court to declare the death penalty and aggravating circumstances unconstitutional. "Aggravating circumstances" means circumstances that increase the seriousness or outrageousness of a given crime, which will increase the wrongdoer's penalty or punishment. For example, the crime of aggravated assault is a physical attack made worse because it is committed with a dangerous weapon, results in severe bodily injury, or is made in conjunction with another serious crime. Aggravated assault is usually considered a felony, punishable by a prison sentence.
Theater shooting suspect James Holmes is accused of killing 12 and injuring at least 70 people on July 20, 2012.
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