Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes (3rd from R) listens to Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler (R) at his arraignment in Centennial, Colorado March 12, 2013. A Colorado judge presiding over the case of Holmes entered a not guilty plea on his behalf on Tuesday to charges that he went on a shooting spree nearly eight months ago that killed 12 moviegoers. REUTERS-R.J. Sangosti-Pool
Prosecutors speculated that Holmes' public defenders thought publicizing the offer might help them find a juror who wouldn't want to impose the death penalty. http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/da-claims-james-holmes-defense-team-tried-to-sway-potential-jurors-over-death-penalty04292014…
Counsel received a phone call from Undersheriff Walcher informing them once again that they would not be permitted to see Mr. Holmes, and that he would provide no reason or explanation. Walchler further informed counsel that he would inform them if and when they would be permitted to see Mr. Holmes. Counsel demanded immediate access to Mr. Holmes and Walchler refused.
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