Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Dark Knight shooter offers guilty plea

James Holmes

James Holmes has offered to plead guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder stemming from his theatre massacre in Aurora, Colorado last July.

The 25-year-old is charged with 24 counts of first degree murder which includes two counts for each of the 12 people killed when he opened fire during the July 20 showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

He is also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder, two for each of the 58 people injured during the heinous shooting spree.

The Associated Press reports James has offered to issue a guilty plea to avoid the death penalty in exchange for life in prison.

His lawyers reportedly filed the motion on Wednesday.

"Mr. Holmes is currently willing to resolve the case to bring the proceedings to a speedy and definite conclusion," the motion reads.

The Arapahoe County district attorney has yet to accept the offer and will announce on Monday if prosecutors will seek the death penalty after consulting with the victims’ families.

James’ murder and attempted murder counts have been split into two categories to give prosecutors two options to get convictions.

The judge presiding over the case entered a not guilty plea on James’ behalf on March 12.

The plea can still be changed to not guilty by reason of insanity.

The defence said the case could end on Monday if prosecutors accept their offer.

A trial is scheduled to begin on August 5.

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