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Colorado Shooting Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

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Posted on Jul 23, 2012
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James Holmes.

James Holmes, the man suspected of going on a deadly shooting rampage inside a Colorado movie theater at a midnight showing of the new Batman film, faced a judge for the first time on Monday. Holmes stands accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

Holmes was not arraigned Monday, but was held without bond on a probable cause order for first-degree murder. He will return to court next week, where he will be formally charged and enter a plea. Prosecutors still have not decided whether to pursue the death penalty in the case.

—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

ABC News:

Holmes, 24, appeared in court today unshaven with a shock of dyed reddish-orange hair, and a prison jumpsuit that appeared to conceal a bulletproof vest.

He said nothing in the courtroom and spent much of the hearing looking down, his head drooping at times. At times he went bug-eyed, and other times they appeared to close as if nodding off.

... How Holmes went from a student enrolled in a neuroscience graduate program at the University of Colorado to a man amassing more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet prior to the alleged shooting is what investigators are now trying to figure out.

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