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Hearing For Holmes’ Insanity Plea Delayed

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James Holmes in court on March 12, 2013 (credit: CBS)

James Holmes in court on March 12, 2013 (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP/CBS4) – Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes’ insanity plea has been postponed at least until Tuesday.

Holmes was scheduled to appear in court Friday, but the judge delayed the hearing at the request of Holmes’ lawyers.

Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 at an Aurora theater in July. He faces multiple charges of murder and attempted murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The judge was expected to formally accept Holmes’ insanity plea Friday and advise him of the consequences of the plea.

The defense asked for more time to review the judge’s recent ruling that rejected their contention that state laws on insanity and the death penalty violate Holmes’ constitutional rights.

The judge granted the delay in an order Thursday.

The judge is allowing cameras in the courtroom for the hearing.

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