James Holmes trial postponed again, new date pending

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James Holmes in court in June 2013.
The trial of Aurora theater shooting gunman James Holmes will be postponed again.

Jury selection for Holmes's trial was scheduled to begin on October 14. However, the examiner tasked with conducting a second sanity evaluation of Holmes has requested more time to complete that examination. Instead of an August 15 deadline, the examiner has asked to submit his report by October 15 -- a request that Judge Carlos Samour writes in an order he "has little choice but to grant."

See also: James Holmes case: Read letters that his defense team sent to victims

This is the second time Holmes's trial has been postponed. It was originally scheduled to begin in February 2014. Holmes is accused of killing twelve people and injuring seventy more by opening fire in an Aurora movie theater in July 2012.

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The remodeled Aurora theater where the attack took place in July 2012.
Samour will set a new trial date at a hearing later this month, according to an order issued this week (and on view below). "This is a complicated and voluminous case," Samour writes, "and it is important that the second evaluation is adequate and complete."

Sanity evaluations are conducted when a defendant pleads not guilty by reason of insanity, as Holmes did in June 2013. Samour ordered a second evaluation of Holmes after finding that the first was "inadequate." Prosecutors alleged that the first evaluation contained "numerous deficiencies" and that the doctor who conducted it had an "unfair bias."

In a letter to Samour (also on view below), the superintendent of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, where the evaluation will be done, writes that the examiner chosen to conduct it "must review an even more voluminous amount of documentation than the first evaluation, conduct interviews, obtain psychological testing" and address other issues. It has been revealed that the psychiatrist who did the first evaluation spent more than a hundred hours reviewing over 51,000 pages of materials, in addition to hundreds of DVDs and CDs. Additionally, he interviewed Holmes for 25 hours.

The examiner conducting the second evaluation will also interview Holmes. According to the letter from CMHIP's superintendent, it's the examiner's "regular practice" to record such interviews on video -- a procedure with which Holmes's attorneys disagree. But Samour writes in his order that there is currently "no basis" for him to stop the examiner from recording the interview or giving the video to the attorneys.

Read Samour's order and CMHIP's letter below.

Order Addressing Requests from CMHIP

Letter From CMHIP


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Jessica Pombo
Jessica Pombo

And I'm not making any calls it's my opinion that he needs to be put to death...I guess crowd up the prisons with another low life piece of shit

Jessica Pombo
Jessica Pombo

Ya whatever maybe that girl who stabbed her best friend should plead for insanity as well. It's not like he snapped outta reality and shit. He knew where he was and were he was going.

John Edward Krieg
John Edward Krieg

Year or over a year and he hasn't been introduced to God! !!! Some arrange the meeting

Wesley Johnson
Wesley Johnson

This is bullshit this guy was paid by the US government to commit these terrible crimes! This whole trial is a front to cover up what the government does to innocent citizens of the US! Look at 911 and sandy hook the government lies to us and then we forget it's called history! Wake the Fuck up people!

Dustin Nelson
Dustin Nelson

They really don't know what to do with him. Mass killers on his scale usually die during the incident.

Laura Perez
Laura Perez

Put him down like the dog he is he needs to die already he had no remorse or feelings for the life's he took kill hiss ass

Ben Faingold
Ben Faingold

Glad to see my tax dollars hard at work .... For fuck sake someone put a few bullets in his head and end this bs

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

You can most certainly be "crazy" as you said and still plan things. I have worked with mentally ill people for years. Mental illness doesn't prevent someone from having the ability to plan events. The insanity plea is not "bullshit." It's a necessary plea to prevent people from being held culpable for their actions when they had no ability to understand the seriousness of their choices. Am I saying that Holmes was insane and should be found NGRI? No, I'm not. I don't have all the facts of the case so cannot make that call. Neither can you.

Ben DeRomanis
Ben DeRomanis

I wish we could torture him. A hot coat hanger in his ass would be a good start...

Kim Heffelfinger
Kim Heffelfinger

They should have given him the "death penalty" at the scene!

Shain Bowman
Shain Bowman

When he's in jail he has his own pod. When he moves around the jail Everyone else is on lockdown. No one will get to him in jail eithet.

Grayson Stoker
Grayson Stoker

Better kill this piece of shit before a real American breaks into.the jail and does it for you!!

John Pinnick
John Pinnick

Can't we just kill this guy already? I really can't believe we are still dealing with this piece of shit for a human being. Stop the dancing around and all the other bull shit. It doesn't matter if he's crazy, kill him, crazy can and must be killed.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

When people are so quick to deny constitutional rights to a dirtbag, the end of good American's constitutional protections isn't far behind.

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

Such bullshit. Outrageous. It was planned out....

A Chris Heismann
A Chris Heismann

Trials where the death penalty may be applied ALWAYS drag on and on. That's the way our system works. Because if you accidentally convict an innocent person and send them to prison, you can let them out and say "sorry.". You can't do that if you've killed them - thus the extra steps and the need to use every legal tactic available.

Jason Vandewater
Jason Vandewater

Breaking news: For the past week Denver court system wastes tons of taxpayers money on this clowns trial and tons of money going back and forth on same sex marriages

divinitious
divinitious

His appeals will out live you most. Where is our right to his speedy trial?

Jessica Pombo
Jessica Pombo

It's complete and udder bull shit this is being dragged out for so long! A woman/man drinks n drives, kills someone(usually accidentally) and they are slammed in 6 months or less. This guys is a piece of shit claiming insanity and that the courts would even look into it like that. Hmm he didn't even buy a ticket just busted in and open fired upon many innocent, unexpecting, people. I mean if one were crazy (like the guy who stabbed the guy for texting during a movie) wouldn't you just act on impulse not plan.?. What other intentions would one have heading straight to a theater knowing well what they're about to do.The insane one here is the court allowing this monster to still breath. Boo hoo...I don't want the death penalty. Well guess what people want to enjoy ther little lives we have left in this chaotic world without having the fear of going to a Friday night movie or dinner or whatever. We can't even go down town now without our children trying to be abducted by creepos in broad daylight. Now that's insane. I mean shit what are we all supposed to do beside live in fear.?!?. Then they can't slam the door on this case and kill him like he deserves...just adds more fear that he may just get off easier and people like him see that. Insanity plea is bull shit unless he's been killing animals since a young age...then is parents should've locked him up long ago and it wouldn't have turned this way. Idk it's just sad no one can get closure because he is a pussy and can't accept his consequences. You did the crime now do your time...6 feet under!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

You're welcome and correct:  Liberals brought us the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  If conservatives were in charge, we wouldn't need a real trial, just like in the conservative paradise of Iran.

garriswh
garriswh

Could you be more simple minded?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

You sound a little paranoid.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, that's the way they'd do it in north korea.  It's the conservaturd way.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Thank you for reminding us of what a conservative judicial system might look like.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

He's a conservative.  He'd like that.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

At least your idiotic version of a good American wouldn't have to travel far to go to jail for yet another murder.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, when we don't like someone, screw the Constitution, eh?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, but conservatives have a right to be here.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@divinitious The right to a speedy trial belongs to the defendant.  You has a blogger have no right to a fast trial of someone else.  I don't want to be insulting, but your post sounds conservative....you know, claiming their imaginary rights are being violated when they really just want to ignore someone else their constitutional rights.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga @divinitious


Please take a remedial English class or stop posting.  Simply writing words that make no sense is not considered communication.  Jazus!  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga @divinitious If I knew you would have been reading the post, I guess I could have tried to dumb it down to your level. 

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