Accused killer in Colorado shootings, James Holmes, makes first court appearance

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A gunman in a gas mask and bullet-proof vest killed 12 and wounded dozens more at a midnight premiere of the new Batman movie in a suburb of Denver early Friday. Police have in custody the suspect, James Eagan Holmes, 24, who sparked pandemonium in the theater when he hurled a gas canister into the auditorium and opened fire on moviegoers.

Colorado massacre suspect silent in first court hearing
12:16 p.m. EDT, July 23, 2012

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) – The man accused of killing a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater during a showing of the new “Batman” film made his first appearance in court 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.

The judge said murder charges would be filed on Monday July 30.

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