James Holmes is a 24-year old former medical school student. He is the lead suspect in the killing of 12 people inside a movie theater in...

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James Holmes will ask a judge to allow him to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2012 Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting.

Holmes faces murder and attempted murder charges in the July 20 attack, which killed 12 and injured 70. He will seek the new plea at a hearing today.

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No motive has emerged, but Holmes' attorneys have repeatedly said their client is mentally ill. It was reported that he tried to commit suicide in jail.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

An insanity plea carries risks for both sides. Holmes must submit to a mental evaluation by state doctors, whose findings could be used against him.

The plea also might make it harder for prosecutors to get a conviction, as they must convince jurors that Holmes was sane at the time of the event.

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James Holmes deserves to die for what he did, according to prosecutors who announced today they are seeking the death penalty for the mass murderer.

Arapahoe County (Colo.) D.A. George Brauchler explained, "It is my determination and intention that in the case of James Eagan Holmes, justice is death."

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The announcement comes in the wake of a deal offered by Holmes' team, in which he would plead guilty to murdering 12 people in exchange for life in prison.

The deal didn't sit well with prosecutors, who accused his camp of leaking the offer to the media "for the intended purpose of generating predictable publicity."

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The man allegedly behind multiple cold-blooded shootings in Aurora, Colorado says he will plead guilty in court if it means he will be spared the death penalty.

According to The Associated Press, attorneys for James Holmes told prosecutors today in court that their client will own up to the horrific crimes of July, 12 2012 in exchange for life in prison.

Opposing counsel is reportedly weighing the offer and will speak to families of the victims before responding.

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Holmes was arrested for murdering 12 people during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises last summer, while shooting an additional 58 individuals.

He has been charged with 24 counts of first degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.

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James Holmes, the alleged Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooter, has reportedly converted to Islam while in jail. Emphasis on reportedly.

Holmes’ rumored religious conversion has been widely rumored, yet scrutinized by some media sources, citing a lack of credible evidence.

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The Daily Mail first ran with the story that Holmes converted to Islam in jail and is now a dedicated Muslim who prays five times a day.

The newspaper received the tip from a prison source, who noted Holmes’ beard, in his most recent court appearance, as evidence of his conversion.

“He has brainwashed himself into believing that he was on his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels,” the source said of Holmes.

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A Colorado judge entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of James Holmes, whose attorney said he was not ready to enter one in the Aurora shooting case.

The judge thus entered a not guilty plea for him and said he could change the plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, the Associated Press reports.

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James Holmes, who faces 166 counts of murder, manslaughter and other crimes for the July 2012 massacre, sat silent, but alert, at the hearing.

He alternately appeared to look at the judge and stare into space.

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James Holmes, the alleged shooter in the Aurora movie theater massacre, was hospitalized after running headfirst into a jail cell wall in an apparent bid to kill himself.

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Law enforcement authorities described the 24-year-old's self-inflicted injuries as "half-hearted" attempts to commit suicide, CBS4 Denver reported.

Though he was released yesterday, the judge accepted a request from his attorneys to postpone a hearing today due to Holmes' stay in an area hospital.

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James Holmes made another appearance in court today, as a hearing was held to listen to arguments from media outlets who believe a judge should unseal various documents related to the July 20 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Both sides - the prosecution and the defense - actually prefer to keep these documents away from the public while the case is pending.

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But while a decision was not made regarding that issue, Holmes' attorneys did show their hand a bit:

They asked for prosecutors and investigators turn over every shred of evidence in their possession in order for the alleged killer's legal team to make a determination.

"We cannot begin to assess the nature and the depth of Mr. Holmes' mental illness until we receive full disclosure of all the documents," a lawyer told the judge, hinting they will pursue an insanity defense.

Holmes faces 24 counts of first-degree murder. The state has not revealed yet whether it plans to ask for the death penalty.

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Carli Richards, a 22-year old who was shot in the back by James Holmes during his alleged rampage in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, wants to see the murder suspect given the death penalty.

In the most painful way possible.

"I think death by firing squad would be totally justified," Richards tells TMZ, showing that site her body's bullet holes. "Just injecting him is painless."

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Holmes is facing 24 counts of first-degree murder and prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty if he's convicted, as long as surviving victims or families of those killed are in support of that punishment.

"I had enough needles in me that night to know that a needle isn't that bad. I want him to see what it feels like," Richards says of her hospital experience and her feelings on Holmes, adding:

"I wish someone would shoot him and let him bleed out… He shot me with stuff they use to shoot birds and deer. I want him to feel what it's like to feel that helpless."

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James Holmes has been formally charged with murder for his alleged shooting rampage inside an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in the early morning hours of July 20.

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The former medical school student, who first appeared in court last week, was back there again today, still donning orange hair. He was told he's facing 116 counts of attempted murder - two for each of the 58 attendees who were shot.

He also spoke for the first time during the hearing, answering the judge's question about his attorney's request for more time before a preliminary hearing with a simple "yes."

Overall, Holmes will face 142 charges, including one count of possessing an explosive device and one count of unlawful use of a deadly weapon.

It's unknown at this time if prosecutors will seek the death penalty and Holmes is expected back in court on August 9.

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A billboard featuring a meme-style juxtaposition of President Obama and Aurora shooter James Holmes has garnered a great deal of attention, very little of it positive.

The billboard, located in Caldwell, Idaho, features a picture of Holmes, accompanied with the text “Kills 12 in a movie theater with assault rifle, everyone freaks out.”

Juxtaposed is a photo of Barack Obama, with the text: “Kills thousands with foreign policy, wins Nobel Peace Prize.” Check out the controversial billboard below:

Obama Aurora Billboard

The sentiment is similar to one of Heath Ledger's memorable Dark Knight quotes, in which he says no one would blink if he announced a “truck load of soldiers will be blown up," but people would "lose their minds" if he said a city mayor was going to die."

Holmes infamously likened himself to The Joker after the Aurora rampage.

Maurice Clements, the man in charge of the billboard, says he is part of a group who honor the memory of the late Libertarian activist Ralph Smeed.

He says the group is angry over Obama not bringing troops home from war.

"We’re all outraged over that killing in Aurora, Colo., but we’re not outraged over the boys killed in Afghanistan," Clements said of his message.

Many locals are outraged, calling the billboard "pathetic," and "abhorrent."

What do you think of the Obama-James Holmes billboard?