Judge in theater shooting case closes court to public

6:09 PM, Dec 20, 2013   |    comments
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CENTENNIAL - The judge in the Aurora theater shooting case has signed an order closing the public's access to a court hearing regarding the shooter's psychiatric examinations.

On Friday, the order by Judge Carlos Samour of the 18th Judicial District was published online.

Media and victims in the case are also restricted from attending the Jan. 27th hearing.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will argue over the results of the shooter's sanity evaluation which was conducted by doctors at the state's mental hospital in Pueblo.

"The Court finds that there is a substantial probability that the defendant's right to a fair trial will be prejudiced by publicity of the hearing and that there are no reasonable alternatives to complete closure," Samour wrote in this order.

Prosecutors want further examination of Holmes after claiming part of the evaluation is "unfair" because one of the evaluators had "an unfair bias."

The sanity report has not been made public and it is unclear why prosecutors feel part of the evaluation is unfair.

Samour's order also says prosecutors "found numerous deficiencies" in the sanity report.

The order also indicates one of the evaluators feels Holmes is competent to stand trial.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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