This June 4, 2013, file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. / Andy Cross, AP
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- An Oct. 14 trial date has been set for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, whose attorneys announced that they plan to fight a court order for a second sanity evaluation.
Judge Carlos Samour, who cited the new sanity evaluation as part of the reason for the trial date extension, acknowledged that many victims would like to see a resolution to the case.
"I completely understand their wishes," Samour said. "But ... I have to make sure things are done right."
Hearings have also been set for two weeks beginning April 28 to review motions relating to the death penalty.
Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a July 2012 attack on a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., outside of Denver. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Results of Holmes' first sanity evaluation haven't been revealed.
Prosecutors requested the second evaluation, saying in court documents the first one was "inadequate" and "incomplete."
A finding of insanity would hinder the prosecution's efforts to seek the death penalty.
Defense attorneys announced they plan to appeal the court's order.
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