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Holmes Enters Not Guilty By Insanity Plea In Colo. Shootings

NPR | May 13, 2013 10:11 a.m.

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Mark Memmott

An artist's sketch of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, from an April court appearance.

An artist's sketch of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, from an April court appearance.

Bill Robles/Reuters /Landov

James Holmes on Monday formally changed his plea from not guilty to “not guilty by reason of insanity” for the July 20, 2012, movie theater shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 people dead and another 70 injured.

Holmes’ lawyers had said last week that the young man would be doing this.

Now, says The Denver Post, there’s a hearing set for May 31 to consider his request.

As the Post reminds readers, “Holmes is charged with 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other offenses.” Denver’s KUSA-TV says Holmes, 25, was in the Centennial, Colo., court this morning, but did not speak.

Holmes’ trial is not expected to begin for several months.

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