Lawyers for James Holmes ask for more time to prepare for February trial
A courtroom sketch of James Holmes was released after a hearing on Sept. 30, 2013.
DENVER — Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes may not be ready for a trial by February, according to motions the defense made Monday.
Holmes’ lawyers asked Judge Carlos Samour for more time to file motions and to set deadlines for prosecutors to turn over a shortened list of witnesses they plan to call. The prosecution’s witness list so far contains more than 4,000 names.
Officials from the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo were scheduled to appear at Monday’s hearing but Samour delayed those subpoenas until next week, the Aurora Sentinel reported. The CMHI has resisted the subpoenas, saying that releasing details of psychiatric evaluations to the public could make it easier for people to fool the tests in the future.
Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring dozens in a July 2012 movie theater shooting.