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Colorado Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea For Holmes

UPDATE: A Colorado judge has scheduled an Aug. 5 trial for the man charged with a deadly movie theater shooting.
    
The judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes Tuesday after the former graduate student's defense team said he was not ready to enter one.
    
Prosecutors plan to announce whether they'll seek the death penalty at an April 1 hearing.
    
Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the July 20 attack at an Aurora movie theater that killed 12 people and injured 70.
    
He sat silently through Tuesday's proceedings and wore a red jail jumpsuit. He sported a thick, bushy beard and unkempt dark brown hair.
    
His parents, James and Arlene Holmes, sat silently at the front of the courtroom.

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - The judge in the deadly Colorado shooting case has entered a not guilty on behalf of James Holmes after his lawyer said he's not ready to enter a plea.
    
The judge says Holmes can change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity later, if he chooses.
    
If convicted, Holmes could be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison.
    
Holmes is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. Twelve people were killed and 70 wounded in the July 20 attack on moviegoers in Aurora.

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