Experts in chemicals, metals OK'd for Holmes trial

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shootings case says experts on chemicals and metals can testify at the trial despite the objections of defense attorneys.

The judge ruled Thursday that the techniques of both experts were reliable.

James Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the July 2012 shootings at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Twelve people were killed and 70 injured.

He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The trial is scheduled to start in December.

The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/olpwhlu) another judge is considering whether to release a review of Aurora's emergency response to the shootings.

Prosecutors and the defense oppose the release. City officials asked the judge for guidance because of a gag order in the case.

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