Fingerprint evidence debated in Aurora theater shooting case

James Holmes

James Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Attorneys in the Aurora theater shooting case are back in court Monday, debating how fingerprints will be used in the trial.

Lawyers for gunman James Holmes don’t want the judge to allow testimony from fingerprint comparison experts. They say fingerprint analysis is an unreliable identification technique.

The hearing is one of the last that is scheduled before the trial begins in December. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 20, 2012, shootings that left 12 dead and 70 injures.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Also expected in court Monday are attorneys from the University of Colorado and potential trial witnesses as they fight subpoenas from the defense seeking unknown university records.