Aurora Massacre Suspect Appears In Court
James Holmes, the man suspected of methodically planning the killing and wounding of dozens of people at a Colorado movie theater, has appeared in public for the first time since the horrific crime. At a hearing held in an Arapahoe County courthouse, Holmes, with dyed reddish-orange hair, appeared dazed and bewildered. He did not speak, upon advisement from his lawyers from the Public Defender's Office.
At a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Friday, Holmes is accused of entering the theater in riot gear, throwing gas canisters at the packed audience, and then opening fire. Twelve people were killed and 58 were injured in the violence, and Holmes was apprehended. Police found a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 assault weapon and a .40-caliber Glock handgun at the theater.
Holmes, who is being held in solitary confinement, told police officers that his apartment was rigged with explosives. Authorities found a complicated, extremely dangerous set up of IEDs that police think was aimed at killing police officers. (Authorities also found a Batman poster inside.) The 24-year-old, a San Diego native, had been in Colorado to purse a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Colorado in Denver. However, he had been the process of withdrawing from the program. The apartment was in university-owned housing, and it's been reported that he would have had to move out soon, since he was no longer with the school.
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