Accused shooter in Colo. movie theater massacre seeks insanity plea
Posted May 8, 2013 10:38 AM CST
By Martha Neil
Lawyers for James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting spree last summer, is seeking court permission to change his not guilty plea.
A Monday hearing is scheduled to determine if they have "good cause" to change the plea, Judge Carlos Samour Jr. wrote in an order later on Tuesday.
The change of plea had been anticipated; lawyers for Holmes previously filed five motions seeking clarification from the court about the rules for pursuing an insanity defense, Courthouse News reports.
Its article also provides a link to a copy of the judge's scheduling order (PDF).
Attorney Craig Silverman, a former Denver prosecutor now in private practice has been observing the case. He tells Reuters that he expects the judge to approve the plea change in the death-penalty case.
"This is not a whodunit. The premeditation is obvious, so the only defense possible is insanity," Silverman said.
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