James Holmes to Plead Insane
Attorneys say he'll change to not guilty by reason of insanity
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2013 4:51 PM CDT
In this March 12 photo, James Holmes and defense attorney Tamara Brady appear in district court in Centennial, Colo.   (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)

(Newser) – In a not-so-surprising development, accused Aurora shooter James Holmes plans to use the insanity defense. His attorneys filed papers today saying their client intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity at a hearing next week, reports the Denver Post. If the judge goes along, doctors at a state mental hospital will determine whether Holmes was insane at the time of the July rampage that left 12 dead and 70 injured in a movie theater, reports AP. Even if they do, Holmes could still be found guilty by a jury, it adds. The 25-year-old had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.

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HANKHILL
May 9, 2013 6:46 AM CDT
SHOULD HAVE BEEN LONG DEAD BY NOW! SYSTEM FUBAR!
clmsman
May 8, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
No question this POS is insane, but did his insanity block his ability to understand what he was doing don't think so. Did this POS convert to Islam also? He needs to be drawn and quartered in the old fashion way and make it linger for about two hours, or keel halled is also and option probably tough to find a ship big enough in CO.
Vincebus
May 8, 2013 6:38 AM CDT
yeah,...we all know that its the POS's lawyer's to keep 'im from gettin' 'da shot' which is still way too ez on 'im! Maybe though, if the do get him off with life in the looney bin, he won't be happy, especially if he's faking it. He doesn't have to take the stand, but just sit there and stare off like he does. If they find out later on down the road that he can stand trial, then they can go for the death penalty. If it were up to me, i'd dump him off out at sea like I'd do with that scumbag Tsamaev's corpse