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Colo. theater shooting suspect offers guilty plea

March 27, 2013 • National News


FILE – This March 12, 2013 file photo shows James Holmes, Aurora theater shooting suspect, in the courtroom during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo. Lawyers for Holmes are objecting to a Fox News reporter’s request to delay her court appearance to testify about her confidential sources, Tuesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes has offered to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty — a deal that would bring a swift end to the sometimes wrenching courtroom battle and circumvent a prolonged debate over his sanity.

Prosecutors haven’t said whether they would accept the offer, and victims and survivors of last summer’s massacre were divided on what should be done.

Melisa Cowden, whose ex-husband was killed in the theater, said Wednesday she was resolutely opposed to a plea deal.

“He didn’t give 12 people the chance to plea bargain and say, ‘Let’s see if you’re going to shoot me or not,’” said Cowden, whose two teenage daughters were with their father when he was killed.

“No. No plea bargain,” she said.

The attack during a crowded midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” left a Login to read more

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