Colorado Supreme Court declines to hear defense petitions in movie theater shooting case

DENVER - Colorado's State Supreme Court has declined to hear two petitions in the movie theater shooting case, but granted a motion to keep a document secret.

Attorneys for defendant James Holmes had asked the court to overrule the district judge's ruling that victims and witnesses scheduled to testify would be exempted from a sequestration order. A divided court decided to deny this request, with justices Marquez and Hood in opposition.

In the other motion, attorneys appealed the presiding judge's order for a new sanity examination and asked for that motion to be kept under seal. The Supreme Court agreed to keep it secret but denied the motion.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in attack.

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