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James Holmes Due In Court For Expert Witness Hearing

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FILE - In this June 4, 2013 file photo, Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court in Centennial, Colo. For the first time, lawyers for accused theater shooter James Holmes say he killed 12 people and wounded dozens more at an Aurora movie theater last summer. But Holmes' lawyers say he was "in the throes of a psychotic episode" at the time. The admission came in a motion filed Tuesday, July 9, 2013, but made public Wednesday, July 10. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Po | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes is returning to court Friday for a hearing on whether crime scene reconstruction experts should be allowed to testify at his trial.

Friday's hearing will be open to the public and media. A hearing earlier this week was closed because the topic was whether Holmes should undergo another psychiatric evaluation, and the judge ruled the testimony would taint the jury pool.

The judge hasn't said if he'll allow another evaluation.

Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 at a Denver-area movie theater in July 2012. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Holmes' lawyers want the judge to bar evidence about crime scene reconstruction, saying it's unreliable.

Prosecutors' response to the defense request hasn't been made public.

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