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Defence lawyers in Colorado theatre shootings question reliability of firearms analysis

FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)

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FILE - This June 4, 2013 file photo shows Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is charged with the July 2012 Aurora shootings that killed 12 people and injured 70. Sunday, July 20, 2014 marks 2 years since theater massacre. Holmes' trial is scheduled to start Dec. 8, 2014 after three postponements. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross, Pool, File)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Defence attorneys in the Colorado theatre shootings are attacking the reliability of firearms analysis, saying it's subjective and lacks statistics to measure its accuracy.

The judge heard testimony Wednesday from a state crime scientist who said he matched bullets and shell casings found at the theatre to three weapons, apparently the ones officers seized at the scene.

The defence wants firearms testimony barred from the trial.

James Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Defence lawyers have acknowledged Holmes was the shooter but continue to challenge any evidence prosecutors present.

Holmes' attorneys say he was in the grip of a psychotic episode at the time of the shootings.

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