Attorneys for accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes announce change of plea to "not guilty by reason of insanity".
(NBC News) Lawyers for James Holmes, the man accused of shooting 12 people to death during a screening of a Batman movie in Colorado last summer, requested Monday to change their client's plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.
Judge Carlos Samour said that Holmes' defense team demonstrated "good cause" for the change, but added that he would not rule on making the adjustment official until a later date.
A Colorado circuit court judge had previously entered a standard not guilty plea on Holmes' behalf after the defense said they were not prepared to make a decision. Holmes' lawyers said in a court filing last week that they intended to mount an insanity defense.
Holmes appeared in court Monday with a thick, brown beard. He sat wordlessly and stared straight ahead as his attorney, Daniel King, told the judge that the defense has a mental illness diagnosis for the 25-year-old former medical student at University of Colorado-Denver.
"We now have an opinion from professionals," King said, but he did not provide details.
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