Judge enters not guilty plea for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes

By Daniel S Levine,

A judge has entered the standard not guilty plea for James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings. During a hearing today, Holmes’ attorneys said that they were not ready to enter a plea yet.

CNN reports that court documents say that they had thought of entering a ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’ plea. They could still enter the insanity plea if the judge approves.

As CBS News notes, if his attorneys do go with the not guilty by reason of insanity plea, they have to prove that he didn’t know right from wrong when he allegedly killed 12 people at a movie theater on July 20, 2012. He is being charged with 166 counts of murder and other charges.

Prosecutors believe that Holmes spent months planning the shooting, citing the weapons he owned and the armor he wore to the shooting. Police had also discovered explosives and ammunition at his apartment.

Another hearing will take place on April 1, when prosecutors will announce if they plan to seek the death penalty. Holmes’ trial is not set to start until August 5.

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