Families glad judge keeping theater case moving

DAN ELLIOTT NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press Published:

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Some of the victims of the Colorado theater shooting and their families say they're glad the judge is keeping the case moving by entering a plea on the behalf of James Holmes.

Judge William Sylvester says Holmes can still change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity, but the case can't drag on.

Marcus Weaver lost his friend Rebecca Wingo and was shot in the arm at the theater. He says the district attorney's office has been surveying families about whether Holmes should face the death penalty. Weaver says that based on conversations, he's had with other victims "the death penalty does seem to be what everyone feels like."

The defense hinted that it may have its own expert conducting mental evaluation of Holmes.