Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea for James Holmes
Holmes' attorneys had asked for 2-3 more months to decide plea
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2013 11:27 AM CDT
Defense attorney Daniel King arrives at district court for the arraignment of James Holmes, Aurora theater shooting suspect, in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(Newser) – After James Holmes' attorneys said he was not ready to enter a plea this morning, the judge did it for him—not guilty on 166 counts, including the murder of 12 people in an Aurora movie theater last July and attempting to kill 70 others, reports the Denver Post. The move lets Holmes keep the option of changing the plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Holmes' attorneys said their client needed until May or June before he would be ready, drawing sighs from several victims' family members. "I don't think we could ethically stand before you and tell you we're ready to make a plea," said a defense attorney.

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Mar 12, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
Some gun nuts are taking the playbook from the anti-choice crowd. The nuts are putting people's names, addresses & photos online. The nuts are trying to intimidate people who want gun ownership reforms. Wayne La Pierre & the gun manufacturers are responsible for gun violence because it's all about MONEY. Message to the gun manufacturers; I hope that the victims of gun violence sue you for $500 billion.
Mar 12, 2013 5:23 PM CDT
Should have just entered a guilty plea if they aren't going to respond
Mar 12, 2013 4:38 PM CDT
Why are people who are "insane" always hurting other people but never, say, hurling themselves into an alligator pit, jumping into an acid bath or slowly disembowling themselves with a rusty spoon? Because they are sane enough to have a sense of self preservation.