CENTENNIAL, Colo. - A Colorado prosecutor says the suspect in the mass shooting at a midnight Batman film screening could face the death penalty.
Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers said Monday that her office is considering pursuing that punishment against James Holmes. She says a decision will be made in consultation with victims' families.
Holmes makes his first court appearance Monday. The 24-year-old former graduate student is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.
Holmes has been held in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility but will be moved to a next-door courtroom where the charges against him will be read. He may also learn whether he faces additional counts.
Authorities have disclosed that Holmes is refusing to cooperate and that it could take months to learn what prompted the horrific attack on midnight moviegoers at a Batman film premiere.
Holmes has been assigned a public defender.
Police have said that Holmes began buying guns at Denver-area stores nearly two months before Friday's shooting and that he received at least 50 packages in four months at his home and at school.
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