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Prosecutors: Colorado theater shooting victims being harassed

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 7, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.

— Victims and witnesses in the Colorado theater shootings have been pestered by conspiracy theorists, impersonated in court filings, and had their addresses and phone numbers posted online, prosecutors said.

In a document made public late Wednesday, District Attorney George Brauchler said some victims are concerned for their safety because of the unwanted attention.

Brauchler asked District Judge William Sylvester to ensure the victims' and witnesses' names are redacted from any documents released in the future, although many were identified in previously released court filings and some have granted media interviews, called news conferences or appeared at public events.

Brauchler said it is important to accommodate the victims' and witnesses' wishes because the prosecution's case requires the cooperation of some of them.

James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 at a theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora on July 20. He is scheduled to enter a plea next month.

In a court filing dated Tuesday, Brauchler said some victims have been subjected to "relentless contacts by proponents of purported 'conspiracies.'"

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