James Holmes Trial Will Start on January 20 and That's That, Judge Rules

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James Holmes and defense attorney Daniel King in court in June 2013.
In October, Judge Carlos Amour, who's overseeing the Aurora theater shooting case, agreed to push back the start of jury selection to January 20, 2015 -- the fifth postponement overall. But he refused to move the time for opening statements beyond its previous early June schedule.

That didn't stop Holmes's defense team from requesting yet another delay. To that, Samour has offered a simple answer: no.

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James Holmes Case: Jury Selection Delayed for Fifth Time, Expected to Take Months

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James Holmes with co-lead defense attorney Daniel King during a 2013 hearing.
Last week, attorneys representing accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes requested yet another delay in jury selection, which had been set for December 8 -- and prosecutors didn't object. That put Judge Carlos Samour, who's overseeing the case, in a difficult position. But while he's now agreed to push back the trial's start to January 20, he insists that opening statements will take place as previously envisioned -- by early June. Continue for photos, details and Samour's latest ruling in its entirety.

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James Holmes Case: Prosecutors Okay With Another Trial Postponement

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James Holmes during a June 2013 court hearing. Additional photos and more below.
Earlier this week, we reported about a motion filed by the defense team representing accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes asking for the current December 8 trial start date to be pushed back. Prosecutors have now responded, and they raise no objections to the request, making it likely that the proceedings won't get underway until 2015 -- well over two years after the original crime. We've got both documents and more below.

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James Holmes' Lawyers Want Aurora Theater Shooting Trial Date Pushed Back -- Again

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James Holmes with co-lead defense attorney Daniel King during a 2013 hearing.
The trial of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes has already been postponed twice -- and now, Holmes's defense team is hoping to convince the judge in the case to push it back a third time. The reason, according to a document filed yesterday and on view below, is the need for additional time to review a second sanity evaluation of Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Asking Aurora Victims to Control Emotions When Testifying is "Insulting," Prosecutors Say

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A screen capture from a video of the makeshift memorial for the shooting victims.
Update: Prosecutors in the James Holmes case say it's "unprecedented," "insulting" and "unnecessary" for the judge to tell victims of the Aurora theater shooting to control their emotions while testifying at the trial of James Holmes, the accused gunman. Holmes's defense attorneys filed a motion last week asking Judge Carlos Samour to do just that.

Continue to read more about Holmes's original motion and prosecutors' response.

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Report: Aurora's Response to Theater Shooting Saved Lives But Better Communication Needed

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The Aurora theater where the shooting took place.
This may be one of the most important conclusions in a review of Aurora's response to the July 2012 theater shooting: "No one died who could have been saved."

However, the report does point out that several aspects of the police, fire, paramedic and public information response were problematic or could have been handled better. Among the biggest: Communication between the police and fire department command staff was inadequate. For example, fire personnel didn't know that a suspect had been arrested

Continue for a summary of the key points, as well as the full report.

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James Holmes Trial Can Be Televised, Judge Rules, But No TV Cameras in Courtroom

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The courtroom where the trial will take place as it appeared in June 2013.
The media can broadcast the trial of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, the judge in the case has ruled. But the television stations won't be able to set up their own camera in the courtroom, as they'd requested. Instead, they'll be allowed to broadcast footage captured by a closed-circuit camera mounted to the courtroom ceiling.

Judge Carlos Samour explained why he's allowing the trial to be televised in an order on view below: "While the media can generally serve as the public's surrogate, members of the public should have the opportunity to see firsthand their justice system at work."

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Videos: Seven Colorado Active-Shooter Incidents Featured in New FBI Report

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Matthew John Murray, the shooter at a 2007 incident at New Life Church in Colorado Springs in which four people were killed. Videos and more below.
The FBI has just released a new report about active-shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013, and results are particularly dire. The bureau finds that the number of these tragedies escalated and became more deadly over this span.

A total of 160 crimes fit the FBI's active-shooter parameters, with seven of them taking place here. Of the latter, many of them will be instantly familiar to most readers, including the one with the most casualties in the entire country: the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. However, several others are little remembered at this point -- a sad testimony to how common such attacks have become. Continue to get details and see videos about each one, as well the complete report.

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Televising James Holmes Trial Would Be Bad for Victims and Witnesses, Lawyers Argue

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James Holmes's first court appearance in 2012 was televised.
Will televising the trial of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes lead to more harassment of victims and witnesses than if the trial isn't broadcast?

That's one of the main questions Judge Carlos Samour has to consider in deciding whether to allow a video camera and a still camera at Holmes's trial, which is set to begin December 8. At a hearing Monday, attorneys for the TV and print media argued in favor of allowing so-called expanded media coverage of the trial. But state prosecutors and Holmes's attorneys see it as a bad idea that will cause more problems.

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Jessica Ghawi's Parents Sue Firms That Sold Ammo and More to Aurora Theater Shooter

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Jessica Ghawi. Additional photos and more below.
Fledgling broadcaster Jessica Ghawi was among twelve people who lost their lives in a July 20, 2012 attack by gunman James Holmes at the Aurora Century 16 theater. Another 58 people were injured.

Now, Ghawi's parents, Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, in conjunction with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, are suing several companies that sold Holmes ammunition and other gear. The central assertion: The businesses don't bother to check if buyers like Holmes are possibly homicidal. See the complaint plus additional photos and details below.

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