Accused Colorado movie theater gunman seeks change of venue

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Posted: Apr 07, 2014 1:06 PM

DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in the 2012 shooting rampage that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted.

Defense attorneys argued in their motion for a change of venue that James Holmes cannot get a fair trial in Arapahoe County because of "pervasive media coverage" of the case locally and "the undeniable impact of the tragedy on the community itself." The trial is scheduled to open in October.

(Reporting Keith Coffman and Steve Gorman; Editing by Paul Thomasch)