CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for James Holmes, the man accused of the Aurora theater shootings, claim that the release of a mug shot of Holmes to the news media violates a judge’s gag order in the case.
In documents released Wednesday, defense attorneys said the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department released the photo on Sept. 20. It shows Holmes with a haircut, in stark contrast to the wild orange-red hair Holmes had when he was arrested after the July 20 shootings.
Holmes’ attorneys say the mug shot affects his prospects for a fair trial and want to know how it was released. Judge William B. Sylvester set a hearing on the complaint for Oct. 11.
Holmes faces multiple counts of first-degree murder in the shooting that killed 12 people and wounded 58.
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