Colorado Theater Shooting Suspect Appears in Court
The Colorado movie theater shooting suspect has shown little emotion as he makes his first court appearance with reddish orange hair.
James Holmes was wide-eyed Monday and unshaven as he sat staring down. At one point he closed his eyes as a judge spoke.
He appeared after being accused of the shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.
The judge says he will be formally charged next Monday.
Authorities say the 24-year-old former graduate student is refusing to cooperate and it could take months to learn what prompted the horrific attack on moviegoers at a midnight screening of the latest Batman film.
Investigators say they found a Batman mask inside Holmes' booby-trapped apartment after the attack.
Holmes has been held in solitary confinement since Friday. Prosecutors say they may consider the death penalty but will make that decision after consulting with victim's families.
Meanwhile, the father of one of the shooting victims sat staring at suspect James Holmes during his first court appearance.
Tom Teves sat in the front row Monday as a judge advised Holmes of the allegations against him. His son Alex Teves was killed during the movie.
Two women held hands tightly, one shaking her head.
Holmes showed little emotion during the hearing, which appeared to anger some family members of victims who attended.
David Sanchez, who waited outside the courthouse during Holmes' hearing, said his pregnant daughter escaped uninjured but her husband was shot in the head and was in critical condition. (AP)
Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor after observing a moment of silence to reflect on last week's shooting in Colorado.
This afternoon the Senate pauses to remember those killed in last week's horrific shooting in Colorado.
Among the dead was 26-year-old Jonathan Blunk – a graduate of Hug High School in Reno, a Navy veteran and a father of two.
My heart goes out to his loved ones, and to all the victims and their families, as they struggle to make sense of the senseless.
We may never know the motivations behind this terrible crime, or understand why anyone would target so many innocent people.
Friday's events were a reminder that nothing in this world is certain, and that life is precious and short.
Today we pause to mourn the dead, but also to honor how they lived.
And we pledge our support to the people of Aurora, Colorado both as they grieve and as they begin to heal from this terrible tragedy.
Sunday, May 19 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-19 23:02:30 GMT
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