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  • Will Colorado shootings suspect James Eagan Holmes ever face trial?

    NBC News - 07/21/2012

    When James Eagan Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings, enters court for the first time Monday, he will be taking the first step in a long legal journey likely to center on two issues: Is he competent to stand trial? And will prosecutors seek the death penalty?

    James Alan Fox, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern University in Boston, said people who commit mass murders usually aren’t mentally ill.

    “It takes a certain degree of clear-headedness to plan and execute a crime like this,” Fox told NBC News.

    “Contrary to the common misperception that these guys suddenly snap and go berserk, these are well-planned executions,” he said.