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James Holmes to plead not guilty by reason of insanity in Aurora theater shooting

James HolmesTHE DENVER POST— James Holmes wants to plead not guilty by reason of insanity to the killing of 12 people and the wounding of 70 others in the Aurora movie theater attack.

In a filing Tuesday, Holmes’ lawyers wrote they intend to “tender a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.” Holmes would need the judge’s permission to change his plea. The plea change could come as early as Monday, the next scheduled date in Holmes’ court case.

The notice filed Tuesday starts a series of dominoes in the case.

Because a judge entered a standard not guilty plea on behalf of Holmes — andover the objection of Holmes’ attorneys— at arraignment, Holmes’ attorneys will have to show “good cause” why they should be allowed to change the plea to insanity.

Read more at The Denver Post.


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