Colo. Massacre Suspect Could Face Death Penalty

A Colorado prosecutor says the suspect in the mass shooting at a midnight Batman film screening could face the death penalty.

Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers said Monday that her office is considering pursuing that punishment against James Holmes. She says a decision will be made in consultation with victims' families.

Holmes makes his first court appearance Monday. The 24-year-old former graduate student is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Holmes was wide-eyed, frowning and unshaven Monday as he made his first court appearance handcuffed with reddish orange hair.

He showed little emotion as he sat staring down. At one point, he closed his eyes as a judge spoke.

District attorney Carol Chambers provided no information on whether Holmes was on medication.

She said it will be months before a decision is made on whether to seek the death penalty.

The judge says he will be formally charged next Monday.

Authorities say the 24-year-old former graduate student is refusing to cooperate and it could take months to learn what prompted the horrific attack.

Holmes is suspected in a shooting at a theater in a Denver suburb that killed 12 people and injured 58.


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