Judge enters not guilty plea for Aurora movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes

AURORA, Colo. (KMGH) - The judge overseeing the Aurora movie theater shooting case entered a not guilty plea for suspect James Holmes on Tuesday.

The plea was entered over the objections of defense attorneys.

Holmes is charged with 166 counts in the July 20 massacre in Aurora.

Now that a plea has been entered, prosecutors have 60 days to decide whether they will seek the death penalty.

During hearings over the past few months, prosecutors have laid out a case that Holmes methodically planned the shooting for months, amassing an arsenal of weapons and elaborately booby-trapping his apartment to kill anyone who tried to enter. On the night of the attack, they say, he donned a police-style helmet, gas mask and body armor, tossed a gas canister into the theater seats and then opened fire.

There was speculation that Holmes might enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

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