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Aurora shooting: Suspect James Holmes due in court

The US man accused of killing 12 people in a shooting at a Batman film screening in Aurora, Colorado is due to appear in court for the first time.

James Holmes, 24, is being held in solitary confinement. Police say he is not co-operating with them.

Nine of 58 people wounded by the gunman remain in critical condition.

On Sunday, President Barack Obama met survivors and families of the dead as hundreds of people took part in a service of remembrance.

Mr Holmes is accused of throwing two canisters of gas into a busy midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises before firing at random at the crowd. Witnesses say he was wearing full body armour during the attack.

It is reported that a semi-automatic rifle jammed during the attack and the gunman switched to a weapon with less firepower, possibly saving some lives.

The dead include a six-year-old girl and two US military servicemen.

Mr Holmes is scheduled to appear in court at 09:30 local time (15:30 GMT) where he is to hear pending charges against him of at least 12 counts of first-degree murder. He could face further charges of aggravated assault and weapons violations.

Prosecutors have 72 hours to formally file charges after the hearing at Arapahoe County Court in Centennial, Colorado.
The office of prosecutor Carol Chambers is considering whether to press for the death penalty for Mr Holmes, the Associated Press has reported. That decision will be made in consultation with the victims’ families, she said.

On Monday morning uniformed police were stationed outside the court house, and deputies were patrolling the roofs of court buildings.

President Obama said that when he visited Aurora on Sunday he had shared hugs and tears, but also laughter as the families recounted the lives of their loved ones. He added that he visited as much as a father and husband as a president, and that Aurora was in the nation’s thoughts.

Mr Obama said: “I confessed to them words were inadequate but my main task was to serve as a representative of the entire country and say we are thinking about them at this moment each and every day.”

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