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Originally posted 06/04/2013 12:25PM
A judge on Tuesday accepted James Holmes's plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater-shooting suspect.
Holmes is accused of opening fire in a packed Denver-area movie theater last summer, killing 12 people and injuring 70. He is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The mental evaluation could take months.
Holmes's lawyers repeatedly have said he is mentally ill, but they delayed the insanity plea while arguing state laws were unconstitutional. They said the laws could hobble the defense if Holmes's case should ever reach the phase where the jury decides if he should be executed.
Originally posted 05/07/2013 06:50PM
The man accused in the deadly Colorado theater shootings wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers said Tuesday.
Attorneys for James Holmes said in a court filing they plan to formally ask for the change of plea at a May 13 hearing.
The insanity plea was widely expected given the compelling evidence against Holmes, who is accused of opening fire July 20 in a crowded theater in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Twelve people were killed and 70 injured.
Originally posted 04/01/2013 12:15PM
Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in last year's movie theater attack that killed 12, wounded 70 and spurred new gun control laws in Colorado.
The much-anticipated disclosure came Monday in a court hearing held four days after prosecutors publicly rejected an offer by James Holmes's attorneys that the former neuroscience graduate student would plead guilty to avoid execution.
Prosecutors had said the defense proposal wasn't a valid plea-bargain offer, although they could still agree to a plea before the case goes to trial.
Originally posted 03/27/2013 06:00PM
Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes said Wednesday he would plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty.
The offer comes just days before the prosecution was set to announce whether they would seek to have Holmes put to death for the attack that killed 12 people and injured 70.
Prosecutors wouldn't say Wednesday whether they'd go along with a plea deal, and likely will consult with victims of the Aurora massacre and their families before deciding whether to accept the offer.
Originally posted 03/12/2013 06:30PM
The judge in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting case entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student's defense team said he was not ready to enter one.
If Holmes is convicted, he could be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison. Judge William Sylvester said Holmes, 25, can change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity later, if he chooses.
Such a change could be the only way Holmes could avoid life in prison or execution.
Originally posted 01/08/2013 05:45PM
Authorities for the first time Tuesday described the elaborate and deadly booby trap that James Holmes constructed in his apartment to blow up the building and delay police response to the massacre he allegedly carried out at a packed Colorado movie theater.
Holmes, who had recently failed out of a graduate neuroscience program, used such items as a thermos, frying pan, fishing line, remote-control car and caustic chemicals to create a series of homemade bombs that never ignited, FBI bomb technician Garret Gumbinner testified in the second day of Holmes's preliminary hearing.
Originally posted 01/07/2013 04:10PM
As a body armor-clad James Holmes calmly told police about the explosives in his apartment, other officers raced to save victims of the movie-theater massacre, the first witnesses testified Monday in Holmes's preliminary hearing.
Officer Justin Grizzle choked up on the stand recalling slipping on the bloody floor as he encountered "several bodies throughout the theater laying motionless." He testified that, as he drove six victims to the hospital, "there was so much blood I could hear it sloshing around in the back of my car."
Originally posted 07/30/2012 01:55PM
Colorado prosecutors have charged James Holmes – the 24-year-old accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 others at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on July 20 – with 24 counts of murder on Monday.
Holmes was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for each victim who died – one for allegedly intending to cause harm and the other for allegedly acting with extreme indifference to human life, court documents say. He was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder, in addition to one count of possession of explosives and another of committing a crime of violence.
The charges carry a minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum of the death penalty.
Originally posted 07/25/2012 03:40PM
James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora movie theater shooting that left 12 dead and 58 injured, mailed planned details of his rampage to a University of Colorado psychiatrist before the July 20 attack, Fox News reports.
But according to a law enforcement source, the unopened package sat in a mailroom for as long as a week before it was discovered on Monday, July 23.
Police and FBI agents were called to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Monday after the psychiatrist (who is also a professor at the school) reported receiving a package believed to be from Holmes.
Originally posted 07/24/2012 05:45PM
Christian Bale, who stars in The Dark Knight Rises, is visiting the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting spree who were injured while watching a midnight showing of the movie.
According to a local Denver TV reporter, Bale was seen entering the hospital where many of the wounded are being treated.
One of them, Carey Rottman, posted a Facebook photo of himself with Bale at his bedside.
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