Judge Delays Decision on Holmes Insanity Plea

5 years 1 month 5 days ago Monday, May 13 2013 May 13, 2013 Monday, May 13, 2013 11:11:46 AM CDT May 13, 2013 in News
By: Associated Press

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Lawyers for the Colorado theater shooting suspect say he wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, but a judge won't rule on whether to allow that yet.

Attorney Daniel King made the request in court on Monday, saying they now have a diagnosis for James Holmes. He didn't specify what it was.

Holmes is charged with murder and attempted murder in the July 20 attack in Aurora that killed 12 and injured 70.

The judge said he would consider arguments first about constitutional questions the defense has raised about Colorado's insanity law. He's expected to decide whether to accept a new plea sometime before a May 31 hearing.

Holmes had bushy hair and beard at Monday's hearing. He didn't speak

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