Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Colorado prosecutors seek death penalty for shooting suspect

Remember this creepy looking guy, James Holmes? He's the suspect in last year's shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in which 12 people were killed and dozens injured. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Holmes after the defense attorneys suggested Holmes would be willing to plead guilty in exchange for life in prison without parole, according to news reports.

Holmes, 25, a former graduate student of neuroscience, is accused of opening fire inside a multiplex theater in suburban Denver during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last July. It was one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history and reignited a national debate over gun control. He is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the shooting spree that also wounded 58 people.

A judge had originally set a trial date of August 5 this year, but the case will get a new judge and the trial will be in February next year. Although Holmes offered to make a guilty plea, his attorneys are preparing for him to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. In court proceedings, defense attorneys said Holmes had to be hospitalized twice since his arrest, once for potential self-inflicted injuries. Then, Holmes was determined to be a danger to himself and was transported to a Denver psych ward where he was held in restraints for several days.

Do you think James Holmes will change his plea, or does he deserve the death penalty?

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