CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Colorado prosecutors have formally charged a former doctorate student with 24 counts of murder in the shooting at an Aurora movie theater.
Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes appeared Monday and was also formally charged with 116 counts of attempted murder.
Holmes was unemotional as he heard the charges against him, at times appearing like he was trying to focus his eyes.
When the judge asked if he approved of a delay in the bail hearing to November, Holmea reacted as if his thoughts were disturbed. Holmes leaned to his lawyer, appeared to mouth "OK," then responded "yeah" to the judge.
Before the hearing, several people in the courtroom clasped their hands and bowed their heads as if in prayer. One unidentified man glared at Holmes throughout the hearing.
Among the victims attending the hearing was Rita Paulina, who arrived in a wheelchair. Another woman with a bandaged arm was among several wearing Batman T-shirts.
Holmes is also charged with a one count of possession of explosives. Authorities say he booby trapped his apartment.
Holmes was arrested early July 20 outside a Century 16 theater in Aurora during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie.
Legal analysts expect his court the case to be dominated by arguments over his sanity.
Holmes was a student at the University of Colorado Denver before withdrawing last month.
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