Judge sets still-fluid Oct. 14 trial date for James Holmes


A courtroom sketch of James Holmes released after a hearing on Sept. 30, 2013.

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — A judge set a new Oct. 14 trial date Thursday morning for James Holmes in the Aurora theater shooting case. However, there is a chance that date may be changed yet again.

When the case finally does go to trial, prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty. Holmes appears set to plead insanity.

This new trial date was ordered after a series of other dates were set and then abandoned. The first trial date was set in August 2013, but was pushed back to February 2014 after prosecutors announced they would be seeking the death penalty.

That February date was then taken off the table when prosecutors requested a second mental health evaluation of Holmes. That request was granted last week by Judge Carlos A. Samour, who ruled that earlier mental evaluations of Holmes were “incomplete and inadequate.”

Samour gave the state until July 11 to complete Holmes’ next mental health evaluation. Holmes’ defense is expected to fight Samour’s order for a new sanity evaluation, however, which could cause the official trial date to be amended yet again.

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