DENVER (AP) — The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting case is refusing to delay the trial despite defense attorneys' request for more time.
Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said in an order Wednesday that James Holmes' attorneys have had enough time to review massive amounts of evidence in the case. Samour says any further delay would violate a law intended to protect crime victims.
Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack at a Denver-area theater. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Holmes' defense team says their work has been complicated by medical emergencies involving an attorney and an investigator in their office. But Samour says the circumstances do not justify another delay.
Jury selection is scheduled to start Jan. 20.