James Holmes, accused Aurora theater shooter, plans to plead not guilty by reason of insanity

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James Holmes.
Accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes "intends to tender a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity" at the next hearing in the case, which is scheduled for Monday, May 13, according to a motion filed today by Holmes's attorneys.

Holmes's attorneys have previously indicated that they were considering entering an insanity plea -- perhaps even against their client's will. The motion filed today was brief; it simply announced Holmes's intentions and cited the applicable Colorado law. Read it below.

Holmes is charged with 166 crimes related to the July 20 shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at the Aurora Century 16 theater that left twelve people dead and seventy wounded. The charges include 24 counts of first-degree murder, 140 counts of attempt to commit first-degree murder, one count of possession of explosive devices and one sentence enhancer for a crime of violence.

Read the motion filed today by his attorneys below.

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More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archives: "A.J. Boik: Local artist launches Kickstarter to make custom portrait for victim's family."


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I'd plea ticklish .......

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET, WE ONLY KNOW WHAT THE MEDIA TELLS US !

For the life of me, I can't understand WHY America STILL trusts the media !!!

The media is the 'Corrupts', #1 tool !!!

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

He can't get away with all these murders no matter what he does, he sealed his death the day he murdered and maimed innocent women, men and children!

Kathi Downes-Mahoney
Kathi Downes-Mahoney

CO saw this coming a mile away, beginning at his first court appearance when he ACTED like he was in a stupor, and then later with his "not guilty" plea. He was just buying time to gather enough evidence to change his plea to insanity.

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

I don't have anything nice to say and you know what mom always said...PEACE

Sam Scott
Sam Scott

Evan Harmon that's to kind of a punishment for him

Evan Harmon
Evan Harmon

I think a simple axe in the face will be a suitable sentence for this loony tune

Rebecca De Wardt
Rebecca De Wardt

I am SO sick of this "insanity" plea. Of course this guy is F-king INSANE! CO please do NOT show mercy for this psycho kid killer

Chad OfThe Valley
Chad OfThe Valley

There are millions of mentally ill people in this country and the vast majority of them do not engage in violent behavior, let alone a mass murder that had been planned for weeks. A mad-dog gets put down, all the same.

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

Hey if it works for Dunlap it might work for Holmes. You can see the logic there huh? Seriously sad and nothing will repair all the damage both of these men did. But do we have the right to execute mentally ill people? I don't think you can not be mentally ill if you choose to take anyone else's life in such a horrible careless manner. So did he know right from wrong I think he did. Do I think Dunlap despite his bipolar diagnoses knew right from wrong? Probably.

Sam Scott
Sam Scott

In other breaking news, the sun sets in the west, and water is wet

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