Alleged Colorado cinema gunman appears in court

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Alleged Colorado cinema gunman appears in court

Alleged Colorado cinema gunman appears in court
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The man accused of the massacre of a dozen people at a cinema in Colorado has appeared in court for the first time.

James Eagan Holmes appeared dazed and emotionless during the 10 minute hearing.

The 24-year-old was apprehended moments after the shooting during the screening of the new Batman movie in the town of Aurora last Friday.

Fifty-eight people were wounded in the attack.
He is likely to face 12 counts of first-degree murder and could face other charges relating to assault and weapons violations.

Prosecutors are deciding whether to press for the death penalty but say they need to consult the victims’ families who will need to consider it carefully.

“Victims will be impacted by that decision in an enormous way for years…if the death penalty is sought,” said Carol Chambers, Arapaho County District Attorney.

“So they will want to have and we want to get their input before we make any kind of decision on that.”

Thousands of people held a memorial service for the victims on Sunday and paid tribute to emergency services who officials say prevented the tragedy from being even worse.

Holmes is being held at a jail in the nearby city of Centennial in solitary confinement to protect him from other prisoners.

Police say they are still searching for a motive for the crime. Past associates say he displayed no hints of mental illness or violent tendencies.

Formal charges are not expected to be filed until July 30.