Judge Rejects Key Legal Challenges By Accused Colorado Theater Gunman

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Reuters
A Colorado judge on Wednesday rejected challenges to the state's insanity defense statute and death penalty law by accused Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes.

Accused Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes listens at his arraignment in Centennial

A Colorado judge on Wednesday rejected challenges to the state's insanity defense statute and death penalty law by accused Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes.

Attorneys for Holmes, 25, had argued the state's insanity defense law was unconstitutional because it forces him to cooperate with court-appointed psychiatrists. They had also challenged Colorado's death penalty law as unconstitutional.

Holmes is charged with multiple counts of first degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting rampage that killed 12 people last summer and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty if he is convicted.