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Posted: Wednesday, 19 February 2014 7:20PM

New Mental Exam for James Holmes



Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(AURORA, Colo.) -- The Colorado judge overseeing the case of the Aurora theater shooting on Wednesday granted a prosecution request for a new psychiatric examination for the gunman, James Holmes.
 
Judge Carlos Samour issued an order Wednesday saying that the first exam of Holmes by Dr. Jeffrey Metzner on behalf of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo was “incomplete and inadequate.”
 
The order noted that Metzner conducted a 25-hour interview with Holmes as part of his evaluation.
 
The judge wrote that “significant deficiencies” with the evaluation involve a “lack of data” and Metzner’s “conclusions and findings.”  But nearly all of Samour’s reasoning for reaching his conclusions is blacked out of the publicly released copy of the order.
 
Samour ordered that the state appoint a new psychiatrist or forensic psychologist by March 10 and have a report ready no later than July 11.  The new exam is to determine whether “the defendant was insane on the date of the offenses charged,” the order says.
 
Trial was originally scheduled to start this month but has been on hold because prosecutors asked for a new psychiatric exam.
 
Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.  His attorneys admitted he is responsible for the July 20, 2012 theater attack that left 12 people dead and another 70 hurt, but have said he was having a “psychotic episode.”
 
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