March 8, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The judge in the Aurora movie theater massacre case has rejected a defense argument that Colorado laws on insanity pleas are unconstitutional, paving the way for a long-awaited arraignment next week. James E. Holmes, 25, was arrested without resistance minutes after a gunman opened fire July 20 in a packed theater during the showing of "The Dark Knight Rises. " Twelve people were killed and about 70 others were wounded in a crime that horrified the nation and has now become fodder in the debate over gun control.
March 8, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The judge in the Aurora movie massacre case has rejected a defense argument that Colorado laws on insanity pleas are unconstitutional, clearing the way for the long-awaited arraignment of James E. Holmes next week. Holmes, 25, was arrested without resistance minutes after he allegedly opened fire July 20 inside a packed theater during the showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Twelve people were killed and 70 were wounded in a crime that horrified the nation and is now invoked by both sides in the ongoing gun control debate. Holmes has been held in isolation without bond and has not yet entered a plea.
March 2, 2013 |
The suspect in the Colorado theater shooting may plead not guilty by reason of insanity, according to court documents filed by his attorneys. The motions filed this week on behalf of James E. Holmes call into question the constitutionality of several aspects of the state's insanity defense laws for defendants, such as Holmes, who could face the death penalty. The 25-year-old former neuroscience student is accused of storming an Aurora theater on July 20 and opening fire on the crowd which had gathered to watch the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Twelve people were killed and dozens of others were injured.
July 25, 2012
As Americans speculate about why a young man in Colorado allegedly engaged in a nightmarish shooting rampage in a movie theater, lawyers for a convicted killer in Idaho are asking the Supreme Court to rule that states must allow defendants to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. The court should do so. James Holmes, the 24-year-old former graduate student accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," could face the death penalty if convicted.
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October 16, 2011 |
A day after Scott Dekraai was charged with killing his ex-wife and seven others in a shooting rampage at a Seal Beach beauty salon, friends and mourners reacted with frustration and anger to the suggestion by prosecutors that the defendant could mount an insanity defense. "No matter how mental you are, you should not be killing people," said Nighat Afreen, 55, of La Mirada, a onetime customer of Salon Meritage who stopped by Saturday to leave flowers and candles for her former stylists.
July 11, 2008 |
The man accused of a 2005 courthouse rampage that left four people dead pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity as his trial began. Brian Nichols' defense team concedes he killed a judge, court reporter and sheriff's deputy at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta on March 11, 2005, and a federal agent later that day. But they contend he was unable to tell right from wrong. Jury selection began in the same courthouse as the shootings, but the trial could be moved elsewhere.