Colorado shooting suspect accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 will be formally charged next Monday. The judge declared there would “clearly” be no bail for suspected gunman Holmes.
We are seeing suspected shooter James Egan Holmes for the first time, as he appears in court this morning after the horrific massacre that killed 12 people and injured 59 others during the midnight showing of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.
Authorities have disclosed that Holmes has refused to cooperate and that it could take months to learn what prompted the horrific attack on midnight moviegoers at the Batman film premiere.
Holmes has been held in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility since Friday. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and he could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations.
Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers said Monday her office is considering pursuing the death penalty against Holmes. She said a decision will be made in consultation with victims’ families.
Holmes has been assigned a public defender, and Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said the former doctoral student has “lawyered up” since his arrest early Friday following the shooting.
Holmes has been held without bond at the lockup in Centennial, Colo., south of Denver and about 13 miles from the Aurora Theater.