Thursday 23 November 2017

Colorado cinema massacre suspect James Holmes may face death penalty

Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes
Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes reporters

JAMES Holmes, the suspected gunman in the Colorado cinema massacre, could face the death penalty it emerged today.

Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers said a decision will be made following consultation with victims' families.

Holmes (24) had his first court appearance today and authorities said he refused to talk about what prompted one of the shooting massacres in US history when 12 people were shot dead and 58 injured during the Batman screening in Aurora, Colorado.

He sat silently in a red jailhouse jump suit and with his hair dyed bright red.

Formal charges against James Eagan Holmes, 24, will be filed on July 30, the judge presiding over the proceeding said.

Police say Holmes was dressed in body armour and toting three guns when he opened fire at a packed midnight screening of the new Batman movie early Friday.

Holmes was apprehended moments after the massacre.

Police say they are still searching for a motive for the crime.

On a live television broadcast of the proceedings, Holmes could be seen sitting silently, looking straight ahead, occasionally closing his eyes.

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