Batman killer: Judge OKs insanity plea

2013-06-04 19:40
James Holmes (Picture: AP)

James Holmes (Picture: AP)

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Los Angeles - A Colorado judge on Tuesday accepted an insanity plea by James Holmes, who is charged with multiple counts of murder for a July 2012 shooting at a midnight screening of a Batman movie, the Denver Post reported.

The decision by Judge Carlos Samour comes after months of legal wrangling by Holmes' defence team, which had tried to argue that pleading not guilty by reason of insanity would jeopardise their client's constitutional rights.

They entered the plea last month after Samour rejected their arguments, and the stage is now set for lengthy psychiatric evaluation of the accused.

Holmes, 25, is a former graduate neuroscience student who is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 20 July attack in Aurora, Colorado at the premiere of the movie The Dark Knight Rises.

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