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Lawyers say Colorado theater shooter to plead guilty

FILE - This March 12 2013 file phoshows James Holmes Aurortheater shooting suspect courtroom during his arraignment Centennial Colo. Lawyers

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)

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Updated: March 27, 2013 3:39PM



DENVER (AP) — Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes have offered to have him plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty.

Lawyers made the offer in a motion filed Wednesday but said prosecutors haven’t accepted the offer because they may want to pursue the death penalty.

Prosecutors are set to announce Monday whether they’ll seek capital punishment.

Prosecutors declined comment. They would likely consult with victims and their families before deciding whether to accept the offer.

Holmes faces murder and attempted murder charges. The judge entered a not guilty plea for him, but he still has the option of changing that to not guilty by reason of insanity.

Holmes’ lawyers say the case could end Monday if prosecutors accept the offer.



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