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Batman shooting suspect appears in court

  • The man accused of shooting dead 12 people at a Batman film screening in Aurora, Colorado appeared in court for the first time on Monday.

    James Holmes, 24, sat in court wearing a red jail suit with dyed orange hair and appeared to be in a daze during the proceedings.

    Nine of the 58 people wounded remain in critical condition.

    Holmes is to be held without bail at a jail in Centennial, Colorado.

    He is accused of throwing two gas canisters during a midnight screening on Friday of The Dark Knight Rises, before firing at the crowd.

    The former neuroscience PhD student is accused of at least 12 counts of first-degree murder and could face further charges of aggravated assault and weapons violations.

    Prosecutors are to formally file charges on July 30.

    On Saturday, police were able to access Holmes' apartment after making safe explosive booby traps.

    The FBI is now collecting evidence and believe a computer found at his home could provide vital clues.

    Authorities have not yet established a motive for the attack. Holmes is not linked to any terror groups and had no criminal record other than a speeding fine.