Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Suspect Appears in Court

By KBJR News 1

July 23, 2012 Updated Jul 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM CDT

Centennial, Colorado (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The suspect in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting made his first court appearance on Monday, July 23rd.

24 year old James Holmes is accused of allegedly killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

Holmes showed up to court with dyed red hair. Holmes appeared before an Arapahoe County judge for what's being called an "initial advisement".

Holmes' appearnce was brief, lasting less than 20 minutes. According to witnesses at Holmes' court hearing, he was subdued, saying nothing. Witnesses also say that Holmes made no eye contact in the packed courtroom and was looking down for most of the hearing.

Formal charges have not been filed yet, but are expected to come later today. A decision on whether to pursue the death penalty is also expected to come sometime this week.

This was the first real look the public has had of the suspect in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting. Holmes has been in solitary confinement since being taken into custody within minutes of the shooting early Friday morning.

Police were able to disarm Holmes' apartment of deadly explosives and authorities have collected evidence from his residence.

On Sunday night, the grieving community of Aurora, Colorado came together for a memorial service to remember the victims. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper read the names of those who died in the attack.

Another court hearing is set for Monday when the formal charges will be filed, but a possible trial probably won't get underway for months.

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