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Alleged CO Movie Shooter Take Insanity Plea

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The man accused of opening fire in a crowded Colorado movie theater changing his plea today. The judge allowing James Holmes to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.       

Holmes will now undergo testing by state doctors to evaluate whether he was able to distinguish right from wrong at the time of the shooting.  The plea may be the only way for Holmes to avoid the death penalty, but the mental evaluation could drag on for months. The change in plea also means Holmes waives his right to medical privacy, which is bringing a notebook he sent to a psychiatrist before the crime back to the forefront of the case.  It will now be handed over to police. 

Legal experts say that notebook - and the booby-trapping of his apartment - may hint at premeditation and void his claim of insanity.  Holmes is the only suspect in the July 20th massacre that killed 12 and injured dozens more as they watched a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in an Aurora movie theater.       

Holmes will now be committed to a mental health institution.

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