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Prosecutors not ready to agree to Holmes plea

March 28, 2013 • National News


FILE – In this March 12, 2013 file photo, James Holmes, left, and defense attorney Tamara Brady appear in district court in Centennial, Colo. for his arraignment. Prosecutors say they are not are ready to accept an offer from Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. In a court filing Thursday, March 28, 2013 prosecutors criticized defense attorneys for publicizing Holmes’ offer to plead guilty. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)

DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting on Thursday rejected an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty and accused defense lawyers of a serious breach of court rules by making the offer public.

In a scathing court document, prosecutors said the defense has repeatedly refused to give them the information they need to evaluate the plea offer, so the offer can’t be considered genuine.

No plea agreement exists, prosecutors said, and one “is extremely unlikely based on the present information Login to read more

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