Defense: School may have withheld Holmes records
DENVER (AP) — Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case say the University of Colorado might have withheld records that raise questions about how the school handled defendant James Holmes when he was a student there.
In documents made public Monday, Holmes' lawyers said evidence from a prosecution witness led them to issue subpoenas for the university records. The witness' name and specifics about the records were redacted.
A university spokesman had no immediate comment Tuesday. Lawyers in the case routine decline to comment, citing a gag order.
Holmes dropped out of a neuroscience program at the university shortly before the July 2012 attack, which killed 12 people and injured 70.
He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges. His trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8.
GOP renews death-penalty attacks on Hickenlooper
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans are unleashing another round of criticism against Gov. John Hickenlooper and his stance against capital punishment.
Republicans are hoping to paint the Democrat as indecisive on the issue leading up to November's election. The latest attacks come after a weekend interview with KDVR-TV during which Hickenlooper says he opposes the death penalty. Last year, he upset many by granting an indefinite stay of execution to Nathan Dunlap, who was convicted of murder for the 1993 deaths of four people at an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese.
Hickenlooper says in the interview that he's been a lifelong supporter of the death penalty, but that he's changed his mind recently because it's expensive and not a deterrent.
Republican Bob Beauprez (boh-PRAY'), Hickenlooper's opponent, says Hickenlooper's decision regarding Dunlap leaves the matter unresolved.
Colorado BLM backs Thompson Divide lease decision
(Information in the following story is from: Post Independent, http://www.postindependent.com/)
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is upholding its decision to extend the leases for 25 oil and gas wells in the Thompson Divide while it studies the environmental impacts of drilling there.
The state BLM office announced the decision Monday, backing a ruling from its area field office in March.
Pitkin County commissioners, the Carbondale town board and the Glenwood Springs City Council oppose extending the leases and will likely appeal to the U.S. Interior Board of Land Appeals in Washington.
Assistant Pitkin County attorney Chris Selden told the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent that he thinks opponents will have a greater chance of convincing the board that the leases should have been allowed to expire. Pitkin County, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs leaders must vote on whether to pursue an appeal.
Man opens fire after mistaking noises for intruder
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Police say they're surprised no one was hurt after an Aurora homeowner mistook an insurance adjuster for an intruder and fired his gun.
Aurora Police Sgt. Chris Amsler says 63-year-old Maurice Giles fired two rounds into an empty bedroom after hearing strange noises Monday morning.
Amsler says the noises were actually coming from the roof, where an insurance adjuster was studying recent storm damage. No one was struck, and the bullets did not damage the home.
Amsler says Giles was issued a ticket for discharging a firearm in the city, a misdemeanor code violation.
Remains of hiker likely found in Grand County
GRAND LAKE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities believe they've found the remains of a 72-year-old woman who disappeared during a hike in northern Colorado two years ago.
Grand County Undersheriff John Stein announced Tuesday that searchers found remains, clothing and identification belonging to Patricia Wallace on Friday in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. They searched the area near Thunderbolt Creek after a Santa Fe, New Mexico family found bones there on Aug. 9 while looking for a campsite.
A DNA analysis will be done to confirm that the remains belong to Wallace.
She was hiking with friends in the Camp Dick area on July 3, 2012 when she decided to take another route she thought would be easier. Searchers from Grand and Boulder counties spent 13 days searching for her.