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Batman Shooting: Suspect makes first appearance in court

The man accused of killing a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater during a showing of the new “Batman” film gave little away in … Continue reading Batman Shooting: Suspect makes first appearance in court


The man accused of killing a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater during a showing of the new “Batman” film gave little away in his first court appearance on Monday, sitting silently in a red jailhouse jump suit and with his hair dyed bright red.

James Eagan Holmes, 24, who was detained immediately after the massacre early on Friday morning, appeared groggy and emotionless during the brief hearing, looking straight ahead and occasionally closing his eyes. He was shackled at the wrists and ankles.

About 40 members of the victim’s families were seated on the left side of the courtroom. One family member seated in the front row glared at Holmes throughout the entire proceeding.

Holmes, wearing a maroon prison jumpsuit, stared blankly as lawyers discussed procedural arrangements with the Arapahoe County judge. He was later led out after the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

He is accused of shooting dead 12 people and wounding 58 others at a cinema Friday in Aurora, outside Denver, as young moviegoers packed the midnight screening of the latest Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty later this week, although experts note that only one person has been executed in Colorado since 1976, ABC and local media reported.

Police say there is no doubt Holmes committed the atrocity. He gave himself up outside the cinema, still clad in the full body armor that witnesses described the gunman wearing as the bullets flew inside.

The gunman emerged from a fire exit after the film began and threw two canisters of noxious gas into the crowd.

After firing one round directly into the air with a pump-action shotgun, he then began shooting people at random with a military-style assault rifle that could dispatch 50 to 60 rounds a minute, witnesses said.

Holmes has been held in solitary confinement since his arrest.