December trial date stands in Colorado theater shootings

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case pleaded Tuesday for more time so they can interview a psychiatrist who conducted the first sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes, but a judge stuck by a Dec. 8 trial date.

Holmes’ lawyers did not say why they want to speak to the psychiatrist, nurses and others who had contact with Holmes during the evaluation last summer.

They said they cannot finish the interviews and other tasks by the final pretrial hearing in November and the trial in December.

Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. would not budge. The trial has already been delayed three times, and Samour appeared intent on avoiding another postponement if possible.