Judge agrees to delay plea for Colo. theater shooting suspect

(CNN) – The judge overseeing the case against suspected Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes agreed to delay arraignment in the case to allow defense lawyers more time to pore over 30,000 pages of evidence and hundreds of DVDs and CDs.

The arraignment — a formal reading of charges by the court and, frequently, the entering of a plea by the defendant — had been scheduled for Friday after Judge William Sylvester ruled Thursday that prosecutors had provided sufficient evidence in the preliminary hearing for the case to proceed to trial. The preliminary hearing ended Wednesday

Sylvester said he was concerned Holmes’ case could be headed for appeal if he moved too quickly with the arraignment. That step is now scheduled for the week of March 12.

Holmes is charged with 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other charges in the July 20 shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater that left 12 people dead and scores injured.

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