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Topic - Daniel P. King
A judge entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday on behalf of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes after rejecting a request from his attorneys for more time to formulate a plea.
An elaborate booby trap system that authorities say was set up to pull police away from the Colorado theater shooting included improvised napalm and thermite, which burns so hot that water can't put out the blaze.
James Holmes was a promising neuroscience doctoral candidate, but by the end of the program's first year, he had fallen out of favor with professors and failed a key exam, prosecutors said.
Attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings say that their client is mentally ill and that they need more time to assess the nature of his illness.
Speculation had been rife that the defense would enter an insanity plea, but attorney Daniel King said attorneys still needed to consider the legal ramifications and complete psychiatric evaluations on their client, who is charged with 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and related crimes.