James Holmes to face trial for 166 counts of murder

James Holmes face trial for 166 counts of murder

As It Should Be

Judicial District Chief Judge William Sylvester decided today that James Holmes, alleged killer of 12 in a Theater in Aurora, Colorado, will face a trial by jury for the murders for which he is accused. Three days of preliminary hearings convinced Judge Sylvester that he should be tried for 166 counts of murder, attempted murder, and other crimes. His attorneys have been ordered to enter a plea by 9 a.m. tomorrow at the formal arraignment, but have asked for a continuance.

The defense claims they are not ready to enter a plea. Speculation is that they will seek a plea of “not guilty by reason of insanity”. Testimony by law enforcement agents who diagramed his booby trapped apartment, and transcribed his cell phone information, informed the court that his attack consumed months of preparation, including prior visits to the theater.

Previous treatments by mental health care professionals will be introduced by the defense. An insanity plea will be difficult to prove, based on the duration of time involved in planning to “kill everyone”.

James Turnage
Columnist-The Guardian Express

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