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Aurora movie theater shooting: Will James Holmes plead insanity? UPDATED

The judge in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting case entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student’s defense team said he was not ready to enter one.

If Holmes is convicted, he could be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison. Judge William Sylvester said Holmes, 25, can change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity later, if he chooses.

Such a change could be the only way Holmes could avoid life in prison or execution.

Prosecutors, for their part, have not said yet whether they will pursue the death penalty, announcing Tuesday that they will make their decision known on April 1. READ FULL STORY

Aurora movie theater, site of 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting, reopens

Aurora, Colo.’s Cinemark movie theater — the site of July’s deadly Dark Knight Rises massacre, during which 12 people were killed and dozens more were wounded — is reopening today, the Associated Press reports. A private ceremony for victims, first responders, and officials is scheduled; the entire complex will open to the public permanently on Friday, Jan. 25. The initial ceremony will include the screening of a movie, though officials have not released that movie’s name.

In August, Aurora invited its citizens to participate in an online survey to help determine the theater’s fate. According to Aurora mayor Steve Hogan — via the AP — residents overwhelmingly supported reopening the theater, an “important venue for Aurora.”

On Jan. 10, a Colorado judge ruled that alleged shooter James Holmes should stand trial for the movie theater massacre. His arraignment is scheduled for March 12.

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Lawyers: Colo. theater shooting suspect is mentally ill

Attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings said Thursday their client is mentally ill and that they need more time to assess the nature of his illness.

James Holmes’ lawyers made the disclosure at a court hearing in suburban Denver where news media organizations asked a judge to unseal documents in the case.

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Aurora shooter formally charged

Colorado prosecutors have formally charged a former doctorate student with 24 counts of murder in the shooting at an Aurora movie theater. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes appeared Monday and was also formally charged with 116 counts of attempted murder.

Twelve people were killed and 58 people were wounded or injured. The breakdown of the charges was not immediately clear.

He’s also charged with a one count of possession of explosives. Authorities say he booby trapped his apartment.

Holmes was arrested early July 20 outside a Century 16 theater in Aurora during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. Legal analysts expect his court the case to be dominated by arguments over his sanity. Holmes was a student at the University of Colorado Denver before withdrawing last month.

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