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    Aurora Theater Shooting: James Holmes Changing Plea to Insanity

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    James Holmes' defense has changed course.

    Attorneys for the sole suspect in last July's theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises filed a notice with the court today that they'll be changing their client's plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. 

    A judge entered a plea of not guilty on the 25-year-old's behalf in March after prosecutors successfully argued that Holmes' camp was taking too long to show cause for an insanity defense.

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    Prosecutors had said that they would be seeking the death penalty against Holmes, who is charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder (double the number of deaths due to special circumstances), 116 counts of attempted murder, possession of explosive devices and inciting violence.

    A mental-health evaluation to determine whether he's legally insane, should the judge sign off on the plea change, could take months.

    The next hearing in Holmes' case is scheduled for Monday.

    "[T]he reason the defense is considering entering an [insanity] plea is because Mr. Holmes suffers from a serious mental illness," his attorneys wrote in court documents filed last month.

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