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December trial date set in Colorado theater shooting case; defense wanted more time to prepare

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CENTENNIAL, Colorado — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are asking for more time before the trial to interview the psychiatrist and others involved in defendant James Holmes' first sanity evaluation.

PHOTO: Aurora police Detective Craig Appel, arrives at the Arapahoe County Justice Center for a hearing in the 2012 Colorado movie theatre shooting case, July 22, 2014 in Centennial, Colo. The court will look at setting a new trial date in the case against James Holmes.(AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)
Aurora police Detective Craig Appel, arrives at the Arapahoe County Justice Center for a hearing in the 2012 Colorado movie theatre shooting case, July 22, 2014 in Centennial, Colo. The court will look at setting a new trial date in the case against James Holmes.(AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

They say they can't get that and other tasks finished by the Dec. 8 trial date, but Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. was unmoved Tuesday and stuck by the date.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Holmes underwent a sanity evaluation last summer, but Samour ruled it was flawed and ordered another to take place this summer.

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PHOTO: Arapahoe County District Attorney, George Brauchler, arrives at the Arapahoe County Justice Center for a hearing in the 2012 Colorado movie theatre shooting case, July 22, 2014, in Centennial, Colo. The court will look at setting a new trial date in the case against James Holmes. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)
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