Suspect Holmes at CMHIP
Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes arrived at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo early Monday.
Due to a gag order in the case, a hospital spokeswoman could not answer questions about Holmes. However, The Chieftain learned Holmes was transferred from Arapahoe County and arrived at CMHIP after 12 a.m.
Holmes, 25, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2012 mass shooting and will undergo an evaluation at CMHIP — a critical part in his case.
Depending on the result of the evaluation, defense lawyers may withdraw the insanity plea.
It’s not known how long Holmes will be there.
In June, CMHIP Superintendent William May wrote a letter to Arapahoe County district court asking for an extension to complete a sanity examination on Holmes.
The request was because of the “extraordinary amount of documentation to complete the examination, which likely will require testing, interviews, and/or assessments by a psychologist and neuropsychologist,” May wrote.
CMHIP asked to move the deadline from July 31 to Sept. 16.
The state hospital has spent months preparing for the possible arrival of Holmes, suspected in the July 2012 shooting rampage at an Aurora theater in which 12 died and numerous others were injured.
As first reported by The Chieftain, Holmes, will be isolated at the Pueblo campus, where an entire ward in the forensic unit has been emptied to house him.
Security upgrades have been made to windows and only select personnel will have access to the ward.
Holmes faces the death penalty if convicted of murder.