Judge Accepts Insanity Plea in Colorado Shooting Case

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James Holmes‘ plea of Not Guilty by reason of insanity has been accepted by the judge in regards to the Colorado theater shootings.  This now will start a lengthy mental evaluation of Holmes.

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James Holmes was accused of fatally shooting 12 people and injuring 70 in a packed Colorado movie theater last July.  He’s been charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder.  The mental evaluation could take months, but prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

James 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 hamper the defense if Holmes’ case ever reached the phase where the jury decides if he should be executed.’  The judge rejected that argument last week.

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SOURCE: Associated Press

Judge Accepts Insanity Plea in Colorado Shooting Case