If Colorado shooting was premeditated, can James Holmes plead insanity? (+video)
James Holmes faces an arraignment today. The Colorado 'Dark Knight' shooting case is expected to be dominated by arguments over the sanity of James Holmes.
Colorado prosecutors were filing formal charges Monday against James Holmes, the former neuroscience student accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 in a theater shooting rampage. Legal analysts expect the case to be dominated by arguments over his sanity.
Holmes was not expected to enter pleas during his second court appearance. He was silent and appeared dazed in the courtroom a week ago.
Attorneys also were arguing over a defense motion to find out who leaked information to the media about a package the 24-year-old allegedly sent to his psychiatrist at the University of Colorado Denver.
Authorities seized the package July 23, three days after the shooting, after finding it in the mailroom of the medical campus where Holmes studied. Several media outlets reported that it contained a notebook with descriptions of an attack, but Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said in court papers that the parcel hadn't been opened by the time the "inaccurate" news reports appeared.
Holmes allegedly began stockpiling gear for his assault four months ago, and authorities say he bought his weapons in May and June, well before the midnight shooting spree during a showing of the new Batman film. He was arrested by police outside the theater.