James Holmes’ attorneys file motion to move trial out of Arapahoe County

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James Holmes

James Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The attorneys for the man charged in the Aurora theater shooting have requested the trial be moved to a different location, according to a motion that was made public Monday.

James Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 20, 2012, shooting spree during a midnight showing of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century 16 at Town Center at Aurora.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to several charges of murder and attempted murder. Arapahoe County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the trial, which is scheduled to begin in October.

Holmes is undergoing psychiatric exams by state doctors.

In the 39-page motion, Holmes’ attorneys cited the emotional and economic burdens the shooting has placed on residents, and also noted the “incessant and unrelenting” news coverage. It also says the pretrial coverage has been “mostly one-sided” details of Holmes’ life.

The motion says the venue for the trial should be moved out of Arapahoe County “because the massive, pervasive, and prejudicial pre-trial media coverage of this case establishes presumed prejudice to Mr. Holmes’ constitutional right.”



  • Karen Nimock

    You do the crime…..you pay the time. He devastated many families and put fear in many people to attend movie theaters. He was obviously sane enough to carry out this horrific crime. I raised three boys and they would not have had the knowledge or know how to carry out such an act. I say stick him in a public parking lot and let those families inflict the pain on him that they feel every day. He doesn’t even deserve a trail and eating up our tax paying dollars. Rid him of his misery.

  • Kaytie Collette Holland

    Execute the bastured he killed two of my closes friends he deserves to get his punishment he’s not mental he knew wat he was doing he planned it mental people don’t plan to kill and plant bombs in a month he’s a murder and deserves to be executed!

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