When they saw James Holmes in the courtroom for the first time, the parents were holding back anger and tears remembering their dead children who were victims of the Colorado massacre. One of the parents, Tom Teves, stared at Holmes as the 24-year-old former graduate student sat in a daze during his court appearance Monday. Teves’ son was one of the 12 people Holmes is accused of killing after Alex Teves dove to protect his girlfriend in the shooting early Friday. Fifty eight were wounded, including seven critically, when Holmes, the alleged gunman, opened fire at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in nearby Aurora. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and he could face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations. Holmes has been assigned a public defender. Holmes will not be formally charged until next Monday. According to the authorities, they expect months of working with behavioral analysts and scrutinizing Holmes’ relationships to establish a motive. As for a trial, that could take more than a year, said prosecutor Carol Chambers who is considering the death penalty. However, that decision will not be made until there is a consultation with the victims’ families. For more information go to the Miami Herald.
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