Prosecutors Drop Bid For Notebook From Accused Colorado Shooter

CENTENNIAL, Colorado (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Thursday dropped their legal fight to gain access to a notebook accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes sent to a university psychiatrist, saying legal wrangling over it would delay the case for months.

"There's a high degree of likelihood that whatever privilege exists in the notebook will end up being waived by the defendant" should Holmes' lawyers pursue an insanity defense, prosecutor Rich Orman said during hearing on the issue.

Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student, is accused of opening fire on July 20 at a midnight screening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, a Denver suburb. Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded in the attack.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Writing by Mary Slosson; Editing By Dan Burns)

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