Jul 23, 2012 01:47 PM EDT
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James Holmes, Colorado Shooting Suspect Makes First Court Appearance: Death Penalty to be Considered

By Charlene Cooper
Colorado shooting suspect Holmes makes his first court appearance in Aurora.
(Photo : Reuters) Colorado shooting suspect Holmes makes his first court appearance in Aurora.

Suspected gunman, James Holmes, faced a judge Monday in his first court hearing after the Colorado massacre of moviegoers at a Batman film premiere Friday.

The mass shooting killed 12 people and injured 58.

Holmes,24, sat in a maroon jail jumpsuit and wore reddish-orange hair. The suspect seemed to be paying little to no attention to the court proceedings, appearing as though he was staring into space.

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Chief Judge William Sylvester presided and introduced the case. Attorney's Daniel King and Tamara Brady, from the state public defender's office, are assigned to the case.

Relatives of at least five victims sat in the courtroom during the hearing.

Holmes had been held in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility since Friday. He is being held on suspicious of first-degree murder and may also be facing additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations.

Formal charges will be presented in court next Monday.

Holmes exited the court room wearing shackles and was sent back to the county jail, where he is being held without bail.

Officials may or may not seek the death penalty in the case, however it is a possibility. "The death penalty certainly will be considered in this case," 18th Judicial Attorney Carol Chambers said outside of the court.

Police searched Holmes' booby-trapped Aurora apartment throughout the weekend, finding Batman posters and mementos. Last week authorities reported that Holmes thought himself to be a villain from the Batman movie.

Authorities say Holmes is not being cooperative and that it may be months from now before they learn what motivated him to attack victims that night.

 

 

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