Prosecutors object to keeping hearing about Holmes sanity secret

DENVER - Prosecutors in the movie theater shooting case are objecting to a defense request to keep the public out of a pretrial hearing about the defendant's sanity.

In a motion filed Tuesday, prosecutors primarily argued that victims of the 2012 massacre should be allowed to attend hearings scheduled next week, but they objected to barring anyone.

James Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 and injuring 70 in a movie theater. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. As a result of the plea, Holmes underwent a mandatory sanity evaluation last summer.

The conclusions haven't been made public, but prosecutors are asking for further evaluation.

A psychiatrist who evaluated Holmes' sanity is expected to testify at the upcoming hearing.

At next week's hearings, the two sides are scheduled to argue whether more evaluation is warranted.

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