Prosecutors Are Not Interested in James Holmes’s Offer to Plead Guilty

James Holmes, Aurora theater shooting suspect, sits in the courtroom during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Judge William Blair Sylvester entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student's defense team said he was not ready to enter one.
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Prosecutors in Colorado said Thursday they were uninterested James Holmes's recently publicized offer to plead guilty, because he and his legal team had denied them information "that would allow them to fully assess the defendant and his alleged acts for purposes of determining a just outcome to this case." Holmes made the offer in order to avoid the death penalty, which prosecutors have not yet said whether they would seek, but are expected to do so on Monday. "There is not — and has never been — an actual or unqualified 'offer' to plead guilty," the prosecution wrote in the Thursday filing, according to the Denver Post. And, prosecutors said, a deal "is extremely unlikely based on the present information available to the prosecution." Now they're calling the reports of Holmes's plea offer a "misrepresentation" that "needs to be corrected." Monday should be interesting.