The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 12, 2013

Colo. judge enters not guilty plea for Holmes

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. —

On the night of the attack, they say, he donned a police-style helmet, gas mask and body armor, tossed a gas canister into the seats and then opened fire.

Some of the victims and their families said they were grateful the judge is moving proceedings along.

“I was glad the judge was able to enter a plea so we could get the clock ticking,” said Jessica Watts, whose cousin Jonathan Blunk was killed.

Marcus Weaver, who lost his friend Rebecca Wingo and was shot in the arm at the theater, said the district attorney’s office has been surveying families about whether Holmes should face the death penalty.

He said that based on conversations he’s had with other victims “the death penalty does seem to be what everyone feels like.”

Weaver said he thinks the death penalty should be pursued if Holmes fights the accusations but not if he pleads guilty.

Also the week of April 1, the judge will hold a hearing on who leaked information about a notebook that Holmes sent to a psychiatrist before the shooting, violating a gag order. King said Tuesday that a judge in New York has signed a subpoena for Fox News reporter Jana Winter to testify about her story, which cited unidentified law enforcement officials.

Holmes’ attorneys are trying to get Winter to disclose her sources for the story. Her lawyer has said that shield laws in New York and Colorado protect Winter from demands to reveal her sources.

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