Second Mental Exam Ordered in Colorado Theater Shootings

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 06:35 PM

 

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The judge in the Colorado theater shootings says defendant James Holmes must undergo a second psychiatric evaluation at the state mental hospital.

The ruling Wednesday says Holmes' first evaluation last summer was incomplete and inadequate. The critical findings of that evaluation have not been made public.

The judge granted prosecutors' request for a second evaluation but said it should be done by another doctor at the state hospital, not by doctors chosen by the prosecutors.

If jurors eventually decide Holmes was insane at the time of the shootings, he will be acquitted of the crimes and committed indefinitely to the state hospital. If they decide he was sane, he could be convicted and sentenced either to be executed or to spend life in prison without parole.

Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a July 2012 attack on a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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