Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea for Colorado Theater Shooting Suspect

September 27, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM EDT

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Judge Enters Not Guilty Plea for Colorado Theater Shooting Suspect

September 27, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM EDT

A plea entered for the Colorado movie theater shooting suspect.

According to a report from Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, defense attorneys for Aurora movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes told a judge Tuesday they were not ready to enter plea, but the judge refused to wait and entered what he called the standard not guilty plea.

According to the KMGH report:

Defense attorneys asked for a continuance saying they were "not ethically prepared" to enter a plea.

However, the judge refused to delay the case. He entered the not guilty over the objections of defense attorneys.

The judge told defense attorneys they could change the plea to not guilty by reason of insanity at a later date.

Now that a plea has been entered, prosecutors have 60 days to decide whether they will seek the death penalty. Prosecutors said they would be ready to announce their decision at a hearing scheduled for April 1.

Read the KMGH report HERE.