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Judge enters not guilty plea for Holmes

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James Holmes, with a full beard, sat calmly in court. His defense attorneys argued they needed more time before entering a plea.

Judge William Sylvester denied the request and entered a not guilty plea on James Holmes' behalf. But he left the door open for the defense to change that plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

The 25-year-old faces 166 felony counts for killing 12 people and injuring 7o others during a shooting at a Colorado movie theater last July.

Holmes parents sat in the second row. And, victims and family members of those killed packed the court room.

If the defense decides to change the plea Holmes will have to undergo a series of mental evaluations to determine whether he is insane.

Prosecutors also have to decide if they will pursue the death penalty. They will let the judge know in April when both sides are due back here in court.

If Holmes is found guilty he could face life in prison or death.

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