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

(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.

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.
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)
This courtroom sketch shows suspect James Holmes during a motions hearing in district court in Centennial, Colo., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
This courtroom sketch shows suspect James Holmes during a motions hearing in district court in Centennial, Colo., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Bill Robles, Pool)
James Holmes sits during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Judge William Sylvester entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
James Holmes sits during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Judge William Sylvester entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.   (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)
James Holmes sits with defense attorney Tamara Brady during his arraignment in district court in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
James Holmes sits with defense attorney Tamara Brady during his arraignment in district court in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
4%
9%
3%
3%
2%
80%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   HitFix   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   CollegeHumor   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!