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May 13, 2013 | By Jenny Deam, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The judge in the Aurora movie theater massacre case paved the way Monday for James E. Holmes to plead not guilty by reason of insanity but did not formally accept that plea, delaying that decision until later this month. Judge Carlos Samour Jr. of Colorado's 18th Judicial District, ruled that the defense had made its case that the plea should be changed from a traditional not guilty plea to an insanity plea. He said his decision was “consistent with fairness and justice” for Holmes.
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May 13, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- James E. Holmes, accused of carrying out the Aurora movie theater massacre that killed 12 and injured 70 last summer, is expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity in court Monday, his defense lawyers have said in a court filing. The plea has long been anticipated as Holmes' lawyers have repeatedly described him as “severely mentally ill.” The expected plea is Holmes' best hope of avoiding a possible death penalty in the rampage.  By law, Holmes cannot be put to death if he is deemed insane or suffering a mental defect.
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May 7, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- James E. Holmes, suspected of carrying out the Aurora movie theater massacre that killed 12 and injured 70 last summer, will plead not guilty by reason of insanity in court next week, his defense lawyers signaled Tuesday in a court filing. The defense decision has long been anticipated as Holmes' lawyers have repeatedly described him as “severely mentally ill.” But no matter how expected, the latest development has been many months in coming amid intense legal wrangling over the constitutionality of the Colorado insanity defense.
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April 29, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Defense attorneys for accused movie theater gunman James E. Holmes renewed their objections Monday to the constitutionality of the state's insanity defense, giving another hint about how they hope to save their client's life. Holmes is accused of opening fire in a packed Aurora theater on July 20, killing 12 people and wounding 70 others. He is charged with 166 counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges. Dist. Atty. George Brauchler announced April 1 that his office would seek the death penalty.
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April 15, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SHERMAN, Texas - Sgt. John Russell designed his new house here so there would be room for everyone: for him and his wife, Mandy, his wife's parents and his own. There was a doggie door for Louie and Queenie - "the little ones," he called them in his emails. It was where he wanted to spend the rest of his life when he got home from Iraq, he'd say as he shared photos of the latest construction. After a dispute with a co-worker, Russell fretted that he'd get demoted and would not be able to make the payments.
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March 18, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
When, in her famous essay "A Room of One's Own," Virginia Woolf conjured the tragically compelling possibility of Shakespeare's sister, a new sort of narrative was born - the reclamation of female characters who previously lurked at the edges of epic tales. Queens and consorts, mothers and parlor maids have all gotten their due in retellings of famous works, from the Bible to the tales of Sherlock Holmes. And now here's Mama Bates. The mother of cinematic serial killer Norman Bates is among the most famous off-stage characters in dramatic history.
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March 12, 2013 | By Jenny Deam and Michael Muskal
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - A visibly annoyed judge ordered a not guilty plea for James E. Holmes, who is charged with the deadly Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, after his defense said they were not ready to enter a plea. Wearing shackles and prison togs, Holmes was impassive in the Arapahoe County Court as he was arraigned on 166 criminal counts in connection with the shooting on July 20. The former neuroscience doctoral student at the University of Colorado-Denver is accused of opening fire in a packed movie theater during a midnight showing of  “The Dark Knight Rises,”  killing 12 and wounding about 70. Prosecutors said they will announce on April 1 whether they will seek the death penalty.
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March 8, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
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.
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March 8, 2013 | By Jenny Deam, Los Angeles Times
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.
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March 2, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
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.
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