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Oct 11, 2012 1:38 PM by AP

Defense wants more time in Colorado shooting case

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A hearing to decide if the man accused of opening fire on a Colorado movie theater should stand trial might not be held until January.

A lawyer for James Holmes told the judge in the case Thursday that the defense must review thousands of pages of evidence before a preliminary hearing can be held. That hearing currently is scheduled for November.

Prosecutors said they, too, could use more time to gather evidence.

Judge William Sylvester said he will decide later this month whether to delay the hearing until January. The hearing will consist of a public airing of evidence against Holmes.

The 24-year-old is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in the July 20 shooting in the Denver suburb of Aurora. He has yet to enter a plea.

Holmes appeared in court Thursday in leg shackles and a red jail jumpsuit. He still has short brown hair, long sideburns and a mustache.

He looked straight ahead at no one in particular. He periodically widened his eyes, causing wrinkles in his forehead.

Also Thursday, mediator Ken Feinberg begins meeting with shooting victims and their families as he decides how to distribute $5 million in charitable donations to them.

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