Taping of James Holmes sanity exam mulled in court

July 22, 2014
FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A judge in the Colorado theater shooting cases says he will rule this week on whether a doctor will be allowed to videotape the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes.

Defense attorneys objected to the videotaping, saying the law doesn't authorize video and that research shows it affects patients' responses.

An unidentified psychiatrist who will conduct the evaluation testified by telephone Tuesday during the start of a two-day hearing. He said that the videotaping would be unobtrusive and his experience shows that having a video record of exams outweighs any negative effects.

Other matters to be discussed during the hearing are efforts by the defense to bar some expert testimony about chemicals, metals and firearms.