A Colorado judge has set an October 14 start date for the trial of the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others at a megaplex in 2012. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour said today he wants the first group of the 6,000 would-be jurors to report on that date for Phase 1 of jury selection. But attorneys for the accused killer said they will appeal the decision because they want their client to undergo a second psychiatric evaluation, which could stall the proceeding again. In June the court accepted the defendant’s plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which led to his first psychiatric evaluation. He faces 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other crimes.
The defendant is accused of a shooting spree on July 20, 2012, at Cinemark’s Century Aurora 16 theater during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Seventy people were wounded that night and 12 were killed: Micayla Medek (cousin of Deadline’s Anita Busch), Alex Teves, A.J. Boik, Matt McQuinn, John Larimer, Jessica Ghawi, Jonathan Blunk, Rebecca Ann Wingo, Gordon Cowden, Jesse Childress, Alex Sullivan and 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, whose 22 year-old pregnant mother miscarried her second child after being shot and is now paralyzed from the waist down. Another boy, Stefan Moton, who was 19 at the time of the shooting, is paralyzed from the chest down. Up-and-coming comedian Caleb Medley was shot in the head and is trying to come back from significant brain damage.