The trial for accused Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes could take more than half a year.
A judge in the case issued an order yesterday, saying he expects the whole process to take up to eight months.
There is little question about whether Holmes is the killer but other issues could prolong the case.
District Court Judge Carlos Samour Junior wrote said jurors will be told jury selection could go on for two to three months.
The actual trial will last four to five months more.
A major issue to be resolved concerns Holmes' mental health, as he is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.
Jury selection is expected to begin in February of next year.
Holmes is accused of shooting in a crowded theater in Aurora, Colorado, during the July 2012 opening showing of "The Dark Knight Rises".
Twelve people died, and 70 more were wounded.
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