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Colorado theater shooting suspect makes first court appearance


08:29, July 24, 2012

AURORA, Colorado, July 23 (Xinhua) -- James Holmes, the 24- year-old suspect that killed 12 people and wounded 58 others in a movie theater shooting spree in Aurora, Colorado, made his first court appearance Monday.

Orange-haired Holmes, wearing red sweat pants and a pink, long- sleeved tee shirt, showed his face to the public for the first time since he was incarcerated in connection to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at a Batman movie premiere early Friday morning.

Five victim's family members were present in the packed courtroom at the state's Arapahoe County District Court as Holmes, tied with leather anklet, appearing calm and subdued with no facial expression, entered the court at 9:30 a.m. local time (1630 GMT) for his initial advisement hearing.

Chief Judge William B. Sylvester granted a gag order to prosecutors cautioning not to compromise jurors in a case that is already highly publicized.

"We were looking to see a monster, but we didn't see that," said 52-year-old local resident John Vogt, one of 40 citizens who joined 40 members of the media and 20 officials at the hearing.

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