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James Holmes Update: Attorney says detectives "peppered" shooting suspect with questions before reading rights

This file photo provided by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office shows James Holmes, who faces faces multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the July 20 Colorado theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. and hasn't yet entered a plea. AP Photo/Arapahoe County Sheriff

This file photo provided by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office shows James Holmes, who faces faces multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the July 20 Colorado theater shooting in Aurora.
AP Photo/Arapahoe County Sheriff

(AP) CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes say detectives "peppered" him with questions like, "Is there anything we should know about?" before he was read his rights.

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They say in court documents filed Wednesday that something could be inferred about his mental state from the responses, so his answers should be suppressed.

Prosecutors have said officers asked certain questions to protect public safety, not as an interrogation.

Holmes' statements haven't been publicly disclosed.

Court documents say Holmes also asked about a sign at the police station. Details haven't been publicly disclosed.

Defense attorneys say Holmes' question shouldn't be allowed at trial because he spoke after asking for an attorney and after a detective told Holmes to ask if he had questions, which they contend provoked Holmes to speak.

July 20 will mark a year since the movie theater shooting, which left 12 dead and 70 injured.

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