DA: Aurora theater shooting victims hounded by 'relentless' conspiracy theorists
Victims' addresses, phone numbers posted online
Last Updated: 102 days ago
AURORA - Prosecutors say some victims and witnesses in the Aurora theater shooting have been hounded by conspiracy theorists, impersonated in court filings and had maps to their homes, their addresses and phone numbers posted online.
In a motion made public late Wednesday, prosecutors say some victims are concerned for their safety.
Like other high-profile murder cases, the prosecution of accused theater shooter James Holmes has attracted its share of kooky people obsessed with Holmes and the mass killing.
Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 at a suburban Denver theater on July 20. He's scheduled to enter a plea next month.
Prosecutors cite "the filing of motions by persons who have allegedly impersonated victims and witnesses" and how victims face "relentless contacts by proponents of purported 'conspiracies.'"
Some conspiracy junkies "have even gone so far as to recruit other members of the public to contact the victims and to publicly post maps with the home addresses and phone numbers of the victims on various social-media cites," the prosecution motion states.
Prosecutors asked the judge to ensure that victims' and witnesses' names are redacted from any documents released in the future, although many were identified in previously released court filings.
Days after the shooting, the judge issued a gag order barring attorneys and investigators from speaking publicly about the case and sealed many documents, prompting numerous objections and requests for information from media outlets and others.
Prosecutors were responding to motions by news media organizations asking the judge to unseal law enforcement affidavits supporting arrest and search warrants in the case.
The City of Aurora has also asked the judge to lift or at least loosen the gag order to allow Aurora police and fire officials to respond to worldwide requests from emergency response agencies "seeking to learn from the City's response" to the mass shooting.
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