The judge presiding over the murder case of James Holmes, the shooter at the Aurora movie theater, entered a plea of not guilty on the suspects behalf Tuesday, according to USA Today.
The judge informed Holmes that he could enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity at a later date but it was time to move forward in the case.
A plea of not-guilty by reason of insanity would set in motion a court order to determine whether or not Holmes is competent to stand trial.
Holmes is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder of 12 moviegoers in the July 20 Denver shooting.
Arapahoe County Judge William Sylvester agreed and ordered the case to move forward even as Holmes defense attorney Dan King said his client needs more time to prepare a plea.
The request was denied since the attorney and client had eight months to prepare the plea.
The trial is set to begin on Aug. 5.