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First court appearance for shooting suspect

Jul 23rd, 2012 - National News

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The man accused in the Colorado movie theater massacre that killed 12 people and injured 58 heads to his first court appearance this morning. James Holmes will hear the charges against him. He faces suspicion of first degree murder, but could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations.

The owner of a Colorado gun range says theater shooting suspect James Holmes had applied to join the club last month, but never became a member because of his behavior and a "bizarre" message on his voice mail."

Glenn Rotkovich says he told his staff to watch out for Holmes at a July 1 orientation and not to accept him into the club.

The community of Aurora, Colo., held a vigil Sunday night for the 12 dead and 58 wounded in the shooting massacre at the premiere of the latest Batman movie. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan told mourners, "while our hearts are broken, our community is not." Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper told the crowd, "We refuse to even allow our state, our communities to be defined by irrational, senseless violence."

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