Colorado shooting suspect faces formal charges in court

By REUTERS
July 30, 2012 09:06

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The former graduate student accused of killing 12 people in a shooting spree at a Denver-area movie house was due to make a second court appearance on Monday as prosecutors and defense lawyers sparred over a mysterious package sent to his psychiatrist.

James Holmes, 24, was arrested shortly after prosecutors say he opened fire at a packed midnight movie premiere of "A Dark Knight Rises" on July 20. Criminal charges against Holmes, who has remained jailed since his arrest, were expected to be formally presented at Monday's hearing.

He is also accused of wiring his apartment with enough explosives to have leveled the entire building had they been detonated. It took authorities several days to safely dismantle and dispose of the booby traps.

The rampage in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado, ranks as one of the nation's bloodiest mass shootings in recent years. It left 12 dead and 58 injured, several critically.


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