Aurora theater shooting case: Doors closed for James Holmes mental evaluation hearings

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Today marks the start of closed-door hearings in the Aurora theater shooting case, during which the lawyers are expected to discuss suspect James Holmes's mental health in detail. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing twelve people and injuring seventy others in July 2012. As part of his plea, he underwent a sanity evaluation at the state mental health hospital. Prosecutors say the results contain "numerous deficiencies." The purpose of the hearings, slated for four days, is to determine whether Holmes will be ordered to undergo a second evaluation.

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James Holmes case: Doctor who did mental evaluation had "unfair bias," prosecutors say

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Dr. Jeffrey Metzner, via NAMI.
Prosecutors in the Aurora theater shooting case say the mental evaluation conducted on suspect James Holmes contains "numerous deficiencies," and they allege that the doctor who performed it, Dr. Jeffrey Metzner, had "an unfair bias." They'd like Holmes to be re-examined by two experts that they've chosen.

Those are among the revelations contained in an order (on view below) issued by Judge Carlos Samour. The judge will hold a hearing on the prosecution's request, but the public won't be allowed to attend.

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Stefan Moton, paralyzed in shooting at Aurora's Century 16, files lawsuit against theater owner

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Stefan Moton on 9News.
Stefan Moton, who was paralyzed from the chest down in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, has filed a lawsuit against theater owner Century Theatres, Inc. Like other lawsuits filed by victims, Moton's claim alleges that the theater was lacking in security, allowing a gunman to prop open an emergency exit, leave the theater and return with "a virtual arsenal of weapons." It also states that while the gunman was shooting, no alarm was activated and no security personnel responded. Instead, the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises kept playing on the screen.

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Aurora theater shooting: Four days set to discuss second mental evaluation of James Holmes

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James Holmes in court in June.
Accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes looked unkempt at a court hearing this morning to discuss setting another hearing that, if the public is allowed to attend, could shed some light on his mental health.

Holmes sported bushy hair and a beard and sat stoically as he listened to Judge Carlos Samour set aside four days -- January 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2014 -- for a hearing on prosecutors' request that Holmes undergo a second mental evaluation. The lawyers say they expect four experts to testify at the hearing.

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Aurora theater shooting trial postponed: Victim Marcus Weaver disappointed by delay

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Marcus Weaver.
News that the trial of accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes would be delayed due to the prosecution's request for a second mental evaluation wasn't what victim Marcus Weaver wanted to hear.

"From a victim's standpoint, it's a complete letdown," he says. Weaver was at the Century 16 theater when Holmes, whose attorneys have admitted he was the gunman, opened fire, killing twelve people and injuring dozens more. Weaver was shot in the arm, but his friend Rebecca Wingo suffered fatal wounds.

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James Holmes rulings: See admissible dating profiles, read cops' account of his comments

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James Holmes.
Aurora theater shooting case Judge Carlos Samour has issued several rulings related to motions seeking to suppress evidence in the case.

The motions were filed by attorneys for suspect James Holmes and they request that certain evidence, including Holmes's online dating profiles and statements he made to the police after being arrested, not be shown to the jury.

Here's a look at TMZ screen captures featuring the dating profiles. The first is from Adult Friend Finder....

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Aurora Rise to host screening of Thor: The Dark World to benefit theater shooting victims

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Aurora Rise, a nonprofit founded by the owner of local comic book store All C's Collectibles, is hosting a screening of Thor: The Dark World on November 12 at the Aurora Movie Tavern. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the foundation, which provides support to the victims of the Aurora theater shooting.

"Knowing the trial date is set for early next year, and especially with all the court proceedings that are happening in the next couple months, people are still suffering," says Megan Sullivan of Aurora Rise.

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James Holmes hearing: Will jurors be asked about favorite TV shows?

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Accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was back in court today for the first of several motions hearings that will take place over the next three weeks.

Today, prosecutors and Holmes's defense attorneys discussed which questions will appear on the questionnaire given to the 6,000 prospective jurors the judge plans to summon and whether records from Match.com and Adult Friend Finder accounts allegedly belonging to Holmes can be used as evidence at his trial, which lawyers said may last several months.

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Gun control report: 15 percent of mass shootings happened in "gun-free" zones

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Between January 2009 and September 2013, there were nearly two mass shootings per month in the U.S., according to a new report by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The incidents described in the report include the July 2012 shooting at the Century 16 theater in Aurora, which left twelve dead and seventy wounded.

The report (which is on view below) contains some interesting findings, including that 67 percent of mass shootings happened in private homes, with only 15 percent occurring in public "gun-free" zones.

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James Holmes prosecutors have 4,000 potential witnesses for trial

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James Holmes.
Accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was in court today for a brief hearing. Among the most interesting tidbits of news was that prosecutors have 4,000 potential witnesses lined up for Holmes's February trial. To prepare their cross-examination, defense attorneys have asked prosecutors for a "good faith" list of which witnesses they intend to call.

Holmes will be back in court starting October 7 for more in-depth hearings, during which the sides will debate what evidence should be allowed at trial.

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