Attorneys representing James Holmes, the man charged with the murder of 12 people and injuries to 70 others following an attack on an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a midnight screening of the latest Batman movie last year indicate that he will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
The attorneys filed a document Tuesday saying that they plan to formally ask the court to change his standard not guilty plea to the insanity plea during a hearing scheduled for May 13. The request must be approved by a judge.
Holmes was reportedly seen by psychiatrists prior to his shooting rampage, and his attorneys have testified that their client suffers mental illness in verbal hearings as well as written court documents.
The charged mass shooter could be executed if he is convicted of the more than 160 murder and attempted murder charges.