Judge accepts insanity plea from James Holmes

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James Holmes
James Holmes
Updated: 6/04/2013 11:13 am Published: 6/04/2013 11:12 am

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A judge has accepted James' Holmes plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in the Colorado theater shootings.

Tuesday's decision sets the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of Holmes, who is accused of fatally shooting 12 people and injuring 70 in a packed Denver-area movie theater in July.

The evaluation could take months. Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Holmes' lawyers repeatedly have said he is mentally ill, but they delayed the insanity plea while arguing that state laws were unconstitutional. They said the laws could hobble the defense if Holmes' case should ever reach the phase where the jury decides if he should be executed.

The judge rejected that argument last week.

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cptspacecase - 6/4/2013 7:42 PM
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don't cae hw he pleads just so long s they put hi genera population in a medum security prison. he wont last long enough to worry about death-penalty

watergirl - 6/4/2013 12:01 PM
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That is exactly what I thought too. Given the extent he went to - to plan that whole thing out and execute it to the T - I am quite sure he was sain when he did it. He even warned police not to enter his apartment because it was boobie trapped. Now that is presence of mind. Unlike the Newtown shooter who didn't even use a whole clip up before he ejected it and put in another one. Now there was someone who had some mental problems.

t town253 - 6/4/2013 11:28 AM
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Wow. Unbelieveable. This coward spent months preparing and pre-meditating on this mass murder, knowing exactly what he was going to do and how he was going to do it, and now is going to try to defend himself by reason of insanity???? !!!!!! THE NERVE !!!!!!!!
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