State hospital keeps quiet about James Holmes' arrival

PUEBLO, Colo. - Employees at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo are tight-lipped about accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes.

According to our partners at The Pueblo Chieftain, Holmes is there for evaluation. He arrived just after midnight Monday morning.

Holmes is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring dozens more in an Aurora theater last July.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 called the Mental Health Institute but did not hear back. There is a gag order on the case. Holmes is being held alone in the forensic unit in the hospital. It's unknown where the other patients who were in that ward are being held.

Holmes' arrival at the state hospital took months of preparation. Sources tell The Pueblo Chieftain that security upgrades have been made to windows and only select personnel have access to the ward. Doctors have until mid-September to do the evaluation, but that could be extended.

Holmes' evaluation is critical to his insanity plea. If he's found sane, his defense attorneys could request their own tests or withdraw the plea.

Holmes could face the death penalty. His next court appearance is Sept. 30.

The hospital's website states it has a 451-bed capacity. No word on how many patients were moved to accommodate Holmes.

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