ARAPAHOE COUNTY - Lawyers in the Colorado theater shootings argued Wednesday whether a evidence seized during searches of defendant James Holmes' car and computers can be used as evidence. The hearing continues Thursday.
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Officers testified on on how they searched Holmes' car and computers the day of the theater shooting.
According to motions filed in June, the defense team believes the evidence was seized without the proper search warrants.
"After Mr. Holmes was removed from the scene and transported to the police department, his vehicle was searched at least twice and possibly more times without a warrant," the motion filed by the defense team claims. "All these searches apparently occurred prior to law enforcement obtaining a warrant to search the vehicle at approximately 9:15 a.m. on July 20, 2012."
Richard Anselmi of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department testified at a pretrial hearing Wednesday that what he saw turned out to be a laser-sighting device on a handgun resting atop James Holmes' car. No explosives were found. is testimony appeared to bolster prosecutors' claims that authorities didn't have time to ask for a search warrant before looking in the car after the shooting.
The defense team also filed a motion about the search and seizure of computers and computer-related hardware and drives taken by police during the investigation. They claim these were also seized without the proper search warrant.
The 10 items confiscated include: two tower PCs, a laptop, a tablet, three thumb drives, a cable modem, a network adapter and a wireless adapter base unit.
Holmes is accused of shooting and killing 12 people and injuring at least 70 others at an Aurora theater on July 20, 2012.
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