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James Holmes Will Plead Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity

His attorney’s filing comes one month after prosecutors announced they were seeking the death penalty in the Aurora theater shooting case.

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BREAKING: Attorneys: Suspect in Colorado theater shootings will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

3. Holmes’ current plea is a standard “not guilty,” entered automatically by a judge in March. But the suspected theater shooter’s legal team will formally request to change the plea on May 13. Here’s the court document filed Tuesday:

If the insanity plea is accepted, Holmes — who has a history of psychological treatment — will be put into a state hospital for examination, the AP reports.

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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