March 13, 2013 - Holmes and his defense team say in court they are not ready to enter a plea at this time. The judge in the case enters a standard plea of not guilty on Holmes' behalf.
March 27, 2013 - According to court documents, Holmes offers to plead guilty and spend life in prison in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.
April 1, 2013 - The district attorney rejects Holmes' offer, announcing that he will seek the death penalty.
May 7, 2013 - Holmes' attorneys file to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on behalf of their client.
May 13, 2013 - Holmes pleads not guilty by reason of insanity
June 4, 2013 - A judge accepts Holmes' plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Holmes will be taken to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for evaluation and is expected to be returned to Arapahoe County Jail on August 2.
July 10, 2013 - Attorneys for James Holmes file an objection to the judge's ruling that their client must be restrained during the trial, by means of hidden harness anchored to the floor. In the filing, the attorneys concede that Holmes carried out the movie theater attack and say, "Mr. Holmes suffers from a severe mental illness and was in the throes of a psychotic episode when he committed the acts that resulted in the tragic loss of life and injuries sustained by movie goers on July 20, 2012."
August 28,2013 - Judge Carlos Samour rules that the victims of the shootings will be allowed to watch the trial proceedings despite the possibility they may be called as witnesses.
November 21, 2013 - Judge Samour vacates the February 3, 2014 trial date and schedules a hearing for December 11.