Colorado Movie Shooting: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity Plea

4 Jun

The judge in the Aurora theater rampage case is expected to accept the Defendant, James E. Holmes plea of not guilty by reason of insanity today.  Originally, the Defendant pled not guilty, but is asking the Court to accept a change in plea. 

If the plea is accepted, a series of court-ordered psychological examinations and tests will begin.  It is through this process that the court will determine whether or not Defendant Holmes is competent to stand trial and his mental state at the time of last summer’s massacre in a packed movie theater.

The Defendant, who is a mere 25 years old, is facing in total one hundred and sixteen (116) counts relating to the following charges: murder in the first degree, attempted murder and weapons charges.  The incident occurred on July 20, 2012 and killed twelve people and injured another 70.

Holmes is facing the death penalty, but if the doctors conclude he was insane or had a lapse in his mental capacity where he could not distinguish right from wrong, he cannot be put to death.  



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