Aurora Theater Shooting

Photos: James Holmes allowed to plead not guilty by reason of insanity

James Holmes, accused of killing twelve people and wounding seventy at a July 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises at an Aurora theater, has been allowed to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Judge William Sylvester had previously entered a plea of not guilty on Holmes's behalf. At a hearing today, Judge Carlos Samour, who replaced Sylvester in the case earlier this year, granted Holmes permission to change the plea and pursue an insanity defense.

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