June 4th, 2013
03:17 PM ET

Insanity plea OK'd in theater shootings

The judge in James Holmes' murder trial accepted his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday.

The suspect in last summer's shooting spree that killed 12 people and wounded dozens at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater will be taken to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for evaluation.

He's expected to be returned to the Arapahoe County Jail on August 2.

Judge Carlos Samour Jr.'s ruling Tuesday came about a month after Holmes' attorneys asked to change his plea from a standard not guilty. The original not-guilty plea was entered by a judge on Holmes' behalf in March, over his objection, his defense team said.

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  1. BOMBO

    It practically never works.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    So there's these 2 muffins in an oven.

    They're both sitting, just chilling and getting baked.

    And one of them yells "God Damn, it's hot in here!"

    And the other muffin replies "Holy Crap, a talking muffin!"

    June 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning.

    The wife said, "You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee".

    The husband said, " You are in charge of the cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee."

    Wife replies, "No you should do it, and besides it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee."

    Husband replies, " I can't believe that, show me."

    So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and shows him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says:

    "HEBREWS"

    June 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Rotflmao. You did it again bobcat.

      June 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    Too bad someone can do what he did and still be alive nearly one year later. Hardly seems fair to the victims

    June 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Insanity? Why would anybody be surprised? This began the day he commited his deadly act.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lol it IS hot in here @ bobcat! Thanks for the funnies i have missed them. Hope you're well and the missus also! 😉

    June 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MJDeibert

    Of course he's not sane, I don't think anyone is arguing that. The question is, what do we do with him? I'm sure he'll end up in some nice Club Med of a facility on the taxpayer's dollar.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Anti death penalty

      While his crimes were heinous, what we do with this wayward soul is a reflection of us, and how civilized and compassionate we are! We should study and examine him to find the motive for this senseless act and strive to heal him. In a manner, he is a victim himself. Nobody cared enough about him to intervene before this happened, and now he has to live with the horror of what he has done. He is one of us, so we are all partly to blame.

      June 5, 2013 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jj

    Gettin to the bottom of corruption is doin nothin right petey? The stink from the White House isn't goin away dispite the lefts best efforts. We shall get to the bottom of this regardless of people like you who claim this is just political. Well targeting conservative groups isn't political at all right?...

    June 5, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Just silly

    Blocked! Imagine that

    June 5, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Headsarollin

    Well of course they will block you when heads are falling from their saviors admin. Now that's funny since this is just the beginning

    June 5, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pete

    @Headsarollin,boy what nerve you have especially with the abundance of ignorent unpatriotic things the last administration did ..Are you as many posters here one in denile because you voted not once but twice for that imbecile from Texas because if you did I'd be more careful in what you say hypocrite!!

    June 5, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Hi@bobcat & thanks for this breath of chuckly air. Good morning all you good folks.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Not guilty by reason of insanity. Sounds reasonable.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. perplexified

    Of course he's insane. I think anyone who plans to/and follows through with murdering 1 person or 100s of people is insane. But the fact that he planned and followed through on this crime is the definite factor in a one way pass to death row or life w/o parole.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike Mentges

    People wonder why these shootings occur, yet again this nut job gets his day of fame. Just hang him on the court house lawn at noon and let him hang for 3 days like they did in the old days when there were less liberals and more people who provided for themselves!

    June 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
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