Mental health hospital asks for extra time for evaluation of James Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The state mental health hospital assigned to complete the evaluation of the accused movie theater shooter by the end of July is asking for more time.

James Holmes was ordered to undergo a sanity examination at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo after his plea was officially changed to "not guilty by reason of insanity."

Holmes is charged with murdering 12 people and causing injury to 70 others during a midnight premiere of the Batman film on July 20, 2012.

When District Judge Carlos Samour ordered the sanity examination, he stipulated that a report of the results be submitted on or before July 31.

The superintendent of the hospital, William May, asked Samour for an extension of that deadline through Sept. 16.

"CMHIP has assigned a forensic psychiatrist evaluator, who is reviewing an extraordinary amount of documentation to complete the examination," May wrote in a letter dated June 19. "The evaluator has established a tentative plan for completion of the examination, which will likely require testing, interviews, and/or assessments by a psychologist and neuropsychologist. For these reasons the examination and report cannot be completed by the current deadline, and CMHIP respectfully requests and extension of time."

After receiving the letter, Samour called for a status hearing to "discuss with counsel the letter and its impact on the motions hearings and the trial."

That hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, at 9:30 a.m.

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