Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting case are accusing a representative of the defense team of misleading victims, trying to convince them to oppose the death penalty and offering to leak sensitive information to them.
In a document released Tuesday, prosecutors allege the defense sent "a wolf in sheep's clothing" to the victims, an apparent reference to a victim-outreach specialist working for defense lawyers.
The document is a response to an allegation by defense lawyers that prosecutors interfered with their investigation.
Both sides routinely decline to comment, citing a judge's gag order.
It's the latest round of pre-trial maneuvering in the case of James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 people in the 2012 attack. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.