Defence wants Colorado theatre shooting trial postponed to review second sanity evaluation

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Defence attorneys are asking a judge to push back the trial for the man charged in the Colorado movie theatre shooting so they can have more time to review a doctor’s sanity evaluation that included 22 hours of interviews.

Attorneys for James Holmes asked for the postponement Tuesday, and the judge gave prosecutors until Wednesday to respond. The doctor’s findings haven’t been released.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack on a Denver-area theatre. The trial was set for Dec. 8.

The interviews were part of the second sanity evaluation for Holmes — ordered after prosecutors said the first exam was biased. The evaluation is considered a key piece of evidence jurors will consider when determining Holmes’ sanity.