Accused Colorado Theater Shooter To Offer Guilty Plea, Lawyers Say

THE DEADLINE TEAM
March 27, 2013

James Holmes’ attorneys said in court filings today that the Aurora movie theater shooting suspect is willing to plead guilty and spend the rest of his life in prison in order to avoid the death penalty. The defense attorneys said the case could end Monday if the Arapahoe County district attorney accepts the deal, the Denver Post reports. That is the day that prosecutors planned to announce whether they would seek the death penalty in the case. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in a Cinemark movie theater rampage last July 20 in Aurora, CO during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. At Holmes’ arraignment on March 12 his attorneys told the judge they needed more time to respond to the charges and the judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Holmes is charged with 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other crimes.

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