Alleged Aurora theater shooter appears in court

By WEEK Producer
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Alleged Aurora theater shooter appears in court

July 23, 2012 Updated Jul 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM CDT

CENTENNIAL, Colo.-- James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting made his initial court appearance Monday. The 24-year-old suspect is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.

Holmes's court appearance was brief, last less than 20 minutes. He subdued, saying nothing, and not making any eye contact before a packed courtroom.

He appeared before a judge Monday for what's being called an 'initial advisement'. A decision on official charges and whether to pursue the death penalty is expected to come later.

"Victims will be impacted by that decision in an enormous way for years," said Carol Chammbers, District Attorney. "So, they will want to have and we will to get their input before we make any kind of a decision on that."

It's the first real look the public has had of the suspect who has been held in solitary confinement since being taken into custody within minutes of the shooting early Friday morning.

Evidence has been collected from the alleged gunman's apartment, now disarmed of deadly explosives.

"We can think about possible defenses for this guy, well one thing that is probably going to be clear to anyone is there was a lot of deliberation in what this person did," said Police Chief Dan Oates of the Aurora Police Department.

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

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