Judge Okays Effort To Subpoena Fox News Reporter In Aurora Shooter’s Trial

Accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes’ attorneys hope to subpoena Fox News reporter Jana Winter in order to compel her to testify about the sources she spoke to for a July story about a ominous notebook that Holmes sent to his psychiatrist before his shooting spree. The judge overseeing the case has signed off on the effort to subpoena Winter and, if a New York judge agrees to the order, Winter would have to travel to Colorado to testify on February 4.

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Winter’s story about the notebook was particularly detailed and included sources who claimed the notebook was sitting in Holmes’ psychologist’s mailroom for two weeks prior to the shooting:

“Inside the package was a notebook full of details about how he was going to kill people… There were drawings of what he was going to do in it — drawings and illustrations of the massacre.”
Among the images shown in the spiral-bound notebook’s pages were gun-wielding stick figures blowing away other stick figures.

“Identifying the law enforcement sources who leaked this information to the media is an issue of serious and material importance to the case,” Holmes’ attorneys wrote in the motion seeking the compliance of Winter’s testimony.

Holmes is accused of 166 counts of murder for the July 20 rampage in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater which left 12 dead and 58 wounded.


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