James Holmes: Not-guilty plea entered in Aurora theater shooting

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James Holmes.
Update below: James Holmes, the suspect in the July 20 shooting at an Aurora movie theater that killed twelve people and wounded seventy others, was widely expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity at an arraignment hearing today.

Instead, Judge William Sylvester entered a not-guilty plea for Holmes -- although Holmes can potentially change this designation in the future. Sylvester also set a trial date of August 5, as well as numerous other hearings over the next several months.

The hearing was scheduled to get under way at 9 a.m., but it was delayed approximately half an hour due to the late arrival of Daniel King, Holmes's lawyer, presumably due to weather-related traffic problems.

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Attorney Daniel King.
Once the hearing got started, King told the court that Holmes's legal team was not ready to enter a plea and asked Sylvester to postpone the arraignment for a few months -- perhaps until May 1, possibly June 1. "I don't think we could ethically stand before you and say we're ready to enter a plea," King stated.

He added that the defense still had a great many questions about, among other things, a mental evaluation of Holmes and how it could be used against him in a possible death-penalty proceeding. But even if the court had answered all of these questions to the defense's satisfaction, King went on, Holmes's lawyers still might not have been ready to enter a plea today.

King also pointed out that Holmes's attorneys had retained experts who are currently working on his behalf and making progress, but they haven't completed their tasks. However, he didn't elaborate, saying, "We can't get into it in open court."

These comments were not well received in the overflow room at the courthouse, where a considerable number of victims watched the hearing on a closed-circuit monitor. When King asked for a delay, a number of people sighed, with several shaking their head.

Prosecutor Karen Pearson subsequently objected to postponing the arraignment -- and when she did so, one woman in the overflow room whispered, "Thank God."

Continue for more about the arraignment in the Aurora theater shooting case.


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BTeW
BTeW

This guy knew what he was doing, he planned it thoroughly, he knew it was wrong and that he would go to jail. Sane or not this terrorist deserves the death penalty.  8 months to arraign him is an outrage. Timothy McVeigh was indicted in half the time. We the people deserve a swift trial in order to get some resolution.It's messed up that the evildoers get more media attention than the noble people in the world. It's the victims and the good people in the world we should be focusing on not this trash.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... another "Law Abiding Gun Owner" ... right up to moment he pulled the trigger.


Christian Allen
Christian Allen

All these "waaaah I don't want to see his face" comments are starting to get tiresome. We get it, you don't like him. No one does. He's a sick murderer. But Westword, as a news source, is absolutely entitled to post news about and a picture of the man who committed the worst atrocity in Denver's history. It's a development in his court case. What would you rather them post, a generic picture of a gavel? "Not guilty" text over a white background? If you don't want to look at his face... don't look at his face. But he committed the crime, the act has ramifications, there will be stories about him, and having to hear his name or look at his face is just a reality of the situation. To summarize: Stop whining about your "newsfeed" being blemished. It's a story, an important story, now deal with it.

John Thiesen
John Thiesen

Everyone should stop whining about seeing his face. Who gives a shit? Are you THAT weak to where seeing it makes you feel as if you're losing some sort of battle?

Teresa McGlohorn
Teresa McGlohorn

Please get his guilty, murdering face off my news feed!!!!!!

HB420
HB420

Colorado seems like a cool place to live but you all really need to do something about these nutters like this.  Why even have a trial just take him out back and put a bullet in his head, we all know he did it and he would definitely deserve it!

Anna Gingher
Anna Gingher

You guys commenting are truly loathsome human beings.

Eric McLean
Eric McLean

I DONT WANT TO SEE HIS FACE! Stop supporting him by giving him publicity like this, it makes me sick to my stomach.

Jen Ant
Jen Ant

Of course he did?! Lame.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

How does one become a reoccurring WestWord model w/o a committing mass murder ? I may be missing a leg but am still much easier to look at than this guy . One might think him to be a silly actor at 1st glance,  but watch the laughter instantly turn to horror, as you try to shake away the lingering chill left by the entire image of his insanity ...

Imagine if you had actually been there watching about 60 cops come running in firing through clip after clip into the blinded smoke ! Yea right ! Holmes is responsible for EVERY SINGLE SHOT THAT FOUND FLESH !!! Common sense perfectly and most logically explains this & allows no need for explanation . 

Yea and my leg is going to grow back and Hotay & CD will become roomies' and agree on everything !

Ian StClair
Ian StClair

So prosecutors will have to make their case. This should be interesting. How much more forgiving do you think the next plea deal will be?

Michelle-Mick Boehm
Michelle-Mick Boehm

Why do you have to post his picture. We really don't need to see it so LARGE, if at all. Stop giving him the fame he desires.

Rick Q Kixsta
Rick Q Kixsta

Burn that freak... We need to start up the public hanging so are youth has some fear..

Nick McGrail
Nick McGrail

wouldn't the not guilty plea be a good thing? now he can get the death penalty. If they entered an insanity plea, he would get a nice cushy room at a mental hospital with plenty of food and television. and it seems that according to this article, they didn't even file a plea today because they're "ethically not ready". Fuck that, stop stalling and fry this piece of trash.

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

Does he pay you guys to plaster his face on your fb feed so often?

Blake O'Dunn
Blake O'Dunn

Hmmmm what will happen here..... Lohan style Justice maybe? the kid did study law and brains before his rampage.. he could of done it to prove a point that he could get away with it.

Shasta McGovern
Shasta McGovern

thanks for the great big picture of his pathetic nasty face on my news feed.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I would have proclaimed my innocence in 'Klingon' .....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@HB420 ... perhaps you'd be happier living in Afghanistan or Somalia?


HB420
HB420

@Annaleisle Gingher 

What are you talking about?  Compared to who, this POS in the article?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... take your meds ... paranoiac conspiracy kookery is one of the primary indicators of schizophrenia.



HB420
HB420

@David Kotzebue 

We're in the twenty first century now, there is no such thing as demons.  He has mental illness from some kind of brain defect or chemical imbalance.  No devils or demons are possessing him just his own sick fantasies

HB420
HB420

@DonkeyHotay @HB420 

You forget China they don't play around and coddle criminals there either.  But to answer your question no I would not like to live in any of those places but at least there the criminals know they are going to have a quick death none of this 2 year trials for crimes everyone knows they are guilty of committing. 

kadargo
kadargo

@melanie.asmar Now the headline does not match the story.  Your readers are gonna think you are confused.  You are new to this whole reporting thing, aren't you?  :)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@melanie.asmar

Hey Mel, while you're at it, help Michael figure out how many eighths are in an ounce, before he publishes his "128" error for the THIRD time.



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