Aurora theater shooting: James Holmes' lawyers granted more time to address death penalty issues

DENVER - Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes will have extra time to research and address death penalty issues.

In a motion filed Monday, defense attorneys asked to delay a filing deadline until Aug. 30 because death penalty cases are complex and should not be rushed.

District judge Carlos Samour granted the extension and restructured a series of subsequent deadlines on Tuesday. The defense's paperwork is now due on Aug. 30, the prosecution's responses are due on Sept. 27 and the defense must reply by Nov. 15.

In his order, Samour wrote that he would notify the attorneys which motions require a hearing on Nov. 18.

Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 at a suburban Denver theater in July 2012. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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