Criminal Justice

Judge Allows Charity to Contact Theater Shooting Victims with Their OK

A Colorado judge overseeing the case involving the mass shooting during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises has agreed to allow a charitable group to contact victims and begin disbursing $4 million in funds raised for their support.

However, Judge William Sylvester said victims of the Aurora shooting must first agree to be contacted, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Rich Orman asked Sylvester to release names of the victims to the Colorado Organization for Victim’s Assistance because some of them are in “dire financial circumstances,” according to the Denver Post.

The Associated Press reports that shooting suspect James E. Holmes showed no emotion during discussion of the victims during the brief procedural hearing, which was required because most documents in the case are under seal.

Holmes is accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 others on July 20.

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