James Holmes’ attorneys file motion to move trial out of Arapahoe County

James Holmes

James Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The attorneys for the man charged in the Aurora theater shooting have requested the trial be moved to a different location, according to a motion that was made public Monday.

James Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 20, 2012, shooting spree during a midnight showing of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century 16 at Town Center at Aurora.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to several charges of murder and attempted murder. Arapahoe County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the trial, which is scheduled to begin in October.

Holmes is undergoing psychiatric exams by state doctors.

In the 39-page motion, Holmes’ attorneys cited the emotional and economic burdens the shooting has placed on residents, and also noted the “incessant and unrelenting” news coverage. It also says the pretrial coverage has been “mostly one-sided” details of Holmes’ life.

The motion says the venue for the trial should be moved out of Arapahoe County “because the massive, pervasive, and prejudicial pre-trial media coverage of this case establishes presumed prejudice to Mr. Holmes’ constitutional right.”