DENVER (AP) -- Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes are again arguing that the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional.
In motions filed Friday, defense lawyers say the law doesn't set clear standards and makes it too hard for jurors to weigh mitigating factors when they deliberate whether to impose the death penalty.
Holmes' lawyers also argue that defendants who choose trial by jury are allowed fewer options to appeal the death penalty than those who choose trial before a judge, without a jury. The defense says that's unconstitutional.
Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 in July 2012. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
In May, the judge rejected defense arguments that the death penalty law could unfairly cripple the insanity defense.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus