Criminal Justice

Colorado Shooting Suspect to Appear in Court Today

The man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater early Friday is scheduled to appear in court today.

James Eagan Holmes will appear in court for an advisement, a short hearing to inform the suspect that he is being held on murder charges, report the Denver Post, CBS News and CNN. Prosecutors will file formal charges later.

Court officials are readying for an onslaught of media, even though the hearing may only last for a few minutes and Holmes may not speak. Arapahoe County public defender James O’Connor has been appointed to represent Holmes.

Although Holmes was able to legally purchase guns allegedly used in the shooting, a gun club denied him membership because of bizarre behavior, the Denver Post reports in a separate story. Lead Valley Range owner Glenn Rotkovich told the newspaper he banned Holmes from the premises because an incoherent message on an answering machine.

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