Holmes plans to enter insanity plea for theater shooting

DENVER – James Holmes’ attorneys have filed a document saying he intends to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on Monday.

The document is titled “Notice of intent to tender plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.”

Judge Carlos Samour responded quickly, with a document saying he will “give the defendant an opportunity during the May 13 hearing to establish ‘good cause’ to permit a not guilty by reason of insanity plea to be entered.”

Holmes, a 25-year-old former University of Colorado graduate student, is charged with 166 counts in the July 20 massacre. The shooting, which occurred during a showing of the “The Dark Knight Rises,” left 12 moviegoers dead and injured 70 people.

There is so much evidence in the case that, for the first time ever, the Aurora Police Department has assigned a detective to work full-time organizing the information.

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