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