Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Colorado Batman gunman James Holmes pleads insanity

Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes is pictured in a courtroom sketch during a hearing in Centennial, Colorado 1 April 2013
The man accused of killing 12 people and injuring dozens in the July massacre at a Batman film in Colorado intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers have said. By artist Bill Robles
Lawyers for James Holmes, 25, said they would ask for the change of plea at a 13 May hearing.
A judge previously entered a not guilty plea after the defence said Mr Holmes was not ready to plead.
Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.
Mr Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the 20 July attack in Aurora, Colorado. It was one of the worst mass shootings in US history.
The attack took place at the midnight premiere of the newest Batman film in a suburb of Denver.
He is also accused of booby-trapping his apartment with explosive chemical and incendiary devices linked by wires, intended to distract emergency responders from the cinema shooting.

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