Colorado theater shooting case brings insanity plea into question
Almost a year has passed since the shooting in Colorado during a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” The public around the country, not just in Aurora and surrounding Colorado, is watching the murder case unfold.
The most recent development in the violent crime case is that the judge has accepted James Holmes’ not guilty by insanity plea. Details regarding such a plea are about as complex as the plea is controversial in the minds of the public.
With the incident involving the number of deaths and injuries that it does, the community wherein the shootings happened is upset by a not guilty plea. Some suspect that this is a desperate move by Holmes and his defense team to avoid the most severe of convictions.
With the judge’s acceptance of the insanity plea, Holmes’ history and mental condition around the time of the incident and now will be thoroughly examined. Simply put, Holmes not guilty by insanity plea would be successful if evidence proves that he didn’t understand that his acts of violence were wrong because of his mental condition.
The criminal defense team in this high-profile case is looking for more than the recent acceptance of the insanity plea in order to protect Holmes. They’ve requested that the trial take place outside of Arapahoe County in order for the defendant to get a fair trial by jury, a jury that isn’t tainted with the high emotional charge that the theater shooting sent through the community.
We will post an update when there are further developments in this case.
Source: ABC 7 News, “Learn more about the not guilty by reason of insanity plea – what it means and its use in Colorado,” June 4, 2013