James Holmes To Plead Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity
Jason Holmes, the man facing over 160 counts of murder and attempted murder for the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado is expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity at Monday’s hearing.
Holmes was arrested in July 2012 for killing a dozen people and injuring over 50 at the midnight showing of “The Dark Night Rises.”
Prosecutors are currently seeking the death penalty for Holmes, arguing that Holmes knew what he was doing when he unleashed an unknown gas into the theatre before firing at the audience. However, the defense has been arguing Holmes’ mental instability since the beginning of his trial, especially after news broke that his psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton warned university police about Holme’s thoughts about killing people
Holmes will be evaluated by doctors who will then determine if he is insane under the statute of the law.
According to USA Today,
“Under Colorado law, death penalty cases have two phases. The first focuses on guilt or innocence. Then, jurors decide whether someone found guilty should be executed.”
USA also reported that truth serum may be administered to Holmes in an effort to accurately conclude whether he is sane or not.
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