Defense attorneys for James Holmes, who opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in 2012, asked the judge on Tuesday, Oct. 21 to postpone Holmes’ trial.
Holmes’ attorneys argued that the Dec. 8 trial date did not allow enough time to properly review Holmes’ completed sanity examination. Holmes is charged with 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other offenses from the July 20, 2012 shooting that killed 12 people.
The prosecutors in the case agreed with the defense attorneys’ motion to postpone the trial, according to the Denver Post. Prosecutors suggested that the trial take place mid-January. If the trial is granted a “brief continuance,” this will be the fifth time that the trial has been rescheduled since the initial trial date was set for Aug. 2013.
Prosecutors surveyed 147 victims and victims’ relatives about a continuance in the trial, and 84 opposed the proposed delay. A victim told the prosecutors, “I believe this has dragged on long enough and we need to press forward. The stalling has become taxing and wearing on me emotionally.”
Prosecutors agreed that more time was needed to gain access to materials related to the evaluation that wouldn’t have been available until less than a month before the current December trial date.
The defense attorneys wrote in their filing,“Until defense counsel are able to thoroughly review all of the materials generated by the second sanity examination, they cannot make informed decisions about which witnesses they intend to endorse for sentencing.”
Holmes pleaded guilty by reason of insanity, therefore psychiatric evaluations will play a paramount role in this trial.
Editor’s Note: Information from The Denver Post and The Associated Press was used in this report.