Colorado Prosecutors File Motion To Add 10 Additional Charges Against Aurora CO Theater Shooting Suspect
CENTENNIAL — Prosecutors have filed a motion to add 10 new charges in the case against the alleged Aurora movie theater killer and have asked to amend 17 others.
The additional charges would bring the total counts the suspect faces to 152, according to filing made Tuesday.
Prosecutors also filed a separate motion to amend 16 counts of attempted murder and the one count of crime-of-violence sentence enhancement against the accused Aurora shooter.
Casimir Spencer, a spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office, said a gag order in the case prevented her from commenting on the filings.
The motions were disclosed in the case’s register of actions — which provides a shorthand summary of case activity. The register does not provide details on what the additional charges would be or how the existing charges would be amended.
Details about the new charges are expected to be discussed Thursday at a hearing in the suspect’s case. The judge in the case — 18th Judicial District Chief Judge William Sylvester — must approve the change to the charges.
The Aurora shooter already faces 142 counts — including 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted first-degree murder, plus one count of possession of an explosive device and one count of sentence enhancement for allegedly committing a crime of violence.
The murder and attempted murder counts represent two counts for each slain and wounded victim — one each of murder or attempted murder after deliberation and one of murder or attempted murder with extreme indifference.
The proposed amended attempted-murder counts concern charges related to eight victims. The proposed changes could be as small as fixing the spelling of victims’ names. The original complaint spelled some victims’ names inaccurately and appeared to list one wounded victim twice.
Thursday’s hearing is expected to focus more on whether a notebook the accused Aurora theater shooter mailed to his psychiatrist prior to the shootings is protected by doctor-patient privilege. His defense attorneys say it is. Prosecutors say they should be able to look at it for potential evidence in the case.
A hearing on the issue last month ended without resolution.