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Judge delays arraignment in Colorado theater shooting

By Dan Elliott, Associated Press CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- The man accused of the Colorado theater shooting won't have to enter a plea until March. A judge on Friday granted a defense motion to delay the arraignment of James Holmes until March 12...

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Defense attorney Daniel King leads his team to court for the third day of a preliminary hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes at the courthouse in Centennial, Colo., on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

By Dan Elliott, Associated Press 

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - The man accused of the Colorado theater shooting won't have to enter a plea until March.

A judge on Friday granted a defense motion to delay the arraignment of James Holmes until March 12. The decision came a day after he ruled that Holmes should stand trial in the shooting.

Defense lawyers didn't give a reason for the delay.

One possible reason could be to seek a mental health evaluation by a doctor of their choosing. His lawyers have said Holmes is mentally ill, raising the possibility of an insanity defense.

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If Holmes had entered an insanity plea Friday, an evaluation would be done by state doctors.

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