Ruling delayed on sources in theater shooting case
FILE - In this March 12, 2013 file photo, James Holmes, left, and defense attorney Tamara Brady appear in district court in Centennial, Colo. for his arraignment. Court documents are raising new questions for the university that Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes attended before the July 20 theater shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 injured. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case delayed a decision Wednesday on whether to compel a Fox News reporter to disclose her sources for a story she wrote last year.
In the article, New York-based reporter Jana Winter cited anonymous law-enforcement sources who said shooting suspect James Holmes sent violent drawings to a University of Colorado, Denver psychiatrist before the attack.
Holmes' lawyers want to know the names of the law enforcement officials who spoke to Winter. They argue the leak violated a gag order and could weaken the credibility of those officials if they are called to testify in a trial.
Assistant district attorney Karen Pearson, right, and members of the prosecution team arrive for a hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes at the courthouse in Centennial, Colo., on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
On Wednesday, they asked Judge Carlos Samour Jr. to require Winter to disclose her sources. But Samour said he wouldn't decide until he eventually rules on whether the notebook will be admitted as evidence in the case.
Winter argues she should not have to identify her sources under Colorado and New York shield laws that protect reporters' sources under some circumstances. She was required to appear in court Wednesday and remains under subpoena until Aug. 19.
Holmes, who had been a student at the university, is charged with fatally shooting 12 people and injuring 70 at a movie theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora on July 20. A judge has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.