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James Holmes Insanity Defense

Colorado Shooter's Urge to Kill Could Set Him Free

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 07.07.2015 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

A jury will soon decide whether James Holmes is guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity. Last week, one of his victims, Ashley Moser, took the stand in her wheelchair.

The James Holmes Trial and the Insanity Defense

Adam Banner | Posted 06.01.2015 | Crime
Adam Banner

The insanity defense, which dates back to ancient times, is a controversial defense option. In fact, not all 50 states allow an insanity defense, and several of those that do have rejected "not guilty by reason of insanity" in favor of the less-forgiving "guilty but insane."

Will Insanity Defense Save James Holmes?

AP | SADIE GURMAN | Posted 06.27.2015 | Crime

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes were presented to a jury Monday as lawyers revealed many more details abo...

What Aurora Shooting Suspect's Trial Could Come Down To

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 12.17.2013 | Crime

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case are battling over what ev...

The Insanity Defense: James Holmes, the Aurora Shootings and the Psychiatrist's Dilemma

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.30.2013 | Crime
Mark Rubinstein

Lawyers for James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, now say he will change his plea f...

James Holmes' Plea May Slow Aurora Shooting Trial

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 05.08.2013 | Crime

DENVER -- The trial of the former grad student charged in the deadly Colorado movie theater shootings will likely be delayed weeks or months because h...

Judge: Colorado Theater Shooting Suspect May Take Medication

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA and DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 05.11.2013 | Denver

DENVER — The defendant in the deadly Colorado theater shooting could be given "truth serum" under a court order issued Monday to help determine ...

Attorneys Spar Over Whether Colorado Insanity Pleas Are Unconstitutional

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 05.06.2013 | Denver

DENVER — Prosecutors in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting are disputing defense arguments that the state law on insanity pleas is uncon...

Michael McLaughlin

James Holmes' Lawyers And Prosecutors Wage 'Public Opinion' Battle In Court | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 01.10.2013 | Crime

This week's hearing on the Aurora shooting was a legal formality that lawyers turned into a debate about the mind of a man accused of killing 12 and ...

Judge Rules Holmes Will Face Trial

AP | DAN ELLIOTT and NICHOLAS RICCARDI | Posted 03.12.2013 | Crime

DENVER — A judge ruled late Thursday that there's enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured...

Why The Alleged Aurora Shooter's Defense Could Work

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 10.30.2012 | Crime

DENVER -- If James Holmes pleads not guilty by reason of insanity, prosecutors wanting to prove that he methodically carried out a deadly Colorado mov...

Lawyers: Aurora Suspect May Be Mentally Ill

Reuters | Keith Coffman | Posted 10.09.2012 | Crime

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Aug 9 (Reuters) - Accused Colorado gunman James Holmes, charged with murder over a shooting rampage last month at a movie theater...