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Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes' defense team wants to limit graphic evidence shown to jury

4:50 PM, Jun 4, 2013   |    comments
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ARAPAHOE COUNTY - New motions released Tuesday regarding the Aurora theater shooting show the defense attorneys want to limit the graphic images of victims - both alive and deceased - shown to the jury when the case goes to trial.

9Wants To Know investigators perused the various documents released and discovered various new bits of information regarding the trial against James Holmes.

One motion indicates Holmes' "parents had very limited contact" with their son in the months prior to the shooting. The motion mentions a few email exchanges "in the form of very short email communications.

Several motions refer to a sheer amount of evidence. There are more than 3,000 witnesses, 40,000 pages of discovery and more than 200 DVDs along with 2,000 pieces of physical evidence.

The defense attorneys also requested a change of venue in one of the motions.

The defense team also feels the amount of security in the courtroom is unnecessary and claims it could hurt their client's right to a fair trial.

One of the motions mentions an FBI witness who is an expert in symbols. Apparently, a symbol was found on Holmes' calendar. The defense does not want her testimony included in court.

They also said they could withdraw their insanity plea that was approved on Tuesday. If they did withdraw it, they requested any state-ordered examination should not be used against him in court.

The defense continually uses a certain phrase in the motions, saying the prosecution "wants to kill Mr. Holmes."

The not guilty by reason of insanity plea now effectively brings many of the pre-trial proceedings to a halt so a state psychiatrist can determine whether James Holmes was capable of distinguishing between right and wrong at the time of the Aurora theater shooting. Holmes has been ordered to return to court on Aug. 2. It is thought the mental evaluation will be done by then.

Judge accepts Holmes' insanity plea

Holmes is accused of fatally shooting 12 people and injuring 70 in a packed Denver-area movie theater in July 2012. Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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