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One signaled that Holmes will seek a change of venue because of pretrial publicity. Others challenged the admissibility of ballistics, handwriting and mountains of other evidence and demanded that prosecutors hand over as many as 2,000 pieces of physical evidence.
Holmes’ lawyers appear to be trying to humanize their client, who made his first court appearances with a mop of dyed orange hair. They filed motions asking that he be allowed to appear before jurors in civilian clothes, instead of a jail uniform, and without shackles. They also asked that authorities ratchet back courthouse security, including armed guards on the roof.
Defense lawyers want Holmes’ parents to be allowed to witness the entire trial in support of their son and not be sequestered like other possible witnesses.
Associated Press writer Nicholas Riccardi contributed to this report.
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