Batman Shooting Suspect Appears In Court

James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater massacre, appeared in a Colorado courtroom on Monday, three days after one of the deadliest shooting sprees in modern American history.

Holmes, who was transported from a holding cell to the courtroom via an underground tunnel, appeared dazed. His brow furrowed. His head bobbed. His eyes opened and closed often. His hair was dyed a cartoonish orange-red. His hands and feet were shackled. He did not speak.  Seated in a jury box next to Tamara Brady, a public defender, Holmes never looked in the direction of a gallery that included victims and their advocates. His demeanor, however, angered the relatives of some of the victims of the shooting.

The preliminary hearing lasted about 11 minutes. Holmes’ next court appearance is July 30, when he is expected to be charged. A decision on whether to seek the death penalty could be weeks or months away, District Attorney Carol Chambers told reporters as she entered the courthouse. Holmes could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from the mass shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 people at an Aurora, Colo., screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”


Clad in full body armor, he surrendered to officers in a parking lot behind the cinema. Holmes did not resist arrest, but investigators have since described the former Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado-Denver medical school as uncooperative. Authorities and news reports have portrayed the native Californian as smart and shy, but no motive for the shooting spree has surfaced.

Colorado has a death penalty, but only one inmate has been executed since 1977. Three inmates are currently on death row, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

“If James Holmes isn’t executed,” former Denver prosecutor Craig Silverman told Reuters, “Colorado may as well throw away its death penalty law.”

In your opinion, should the Colorado Court give James Holmes the death penalty? What do you think was his motive for the shooting spree that killed 12 innocent civilians?

Source: Yahoo News

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Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, has been charged with murder in the second degree, special prosecutor Angela Corey told reporters Wednesday.

Corey said that Zimmerman has surrendered to authorities in Florida and has been arrested. The charge carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.

Police say Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, on February 26 in Sanford, Florida, after Martin began walking home from a convenience store. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic and was a neighborhood watch volunteer, had called 911 to complain about a suspicious person in the neighborhood. He was released without charges after claiming self-defense, but the case was referred to Corey for a review as thousands converged on Sanford to join in protests calling for Zimmerman’s arrest.


Zimmerman’s new attorney, Mark O’Mara, said that he expects to file a motion seeking bond for Zimmerman on Thursday. Currently, Zimmerman is being held without opportunity for bond.

O’Mara told CNN by phone that he thinks Zimmerman is “troubled by the fact that the state decided to charge him,” but that he “understands what is in front of him,” and he’s “doing OK.”

“He’s concerned about getting a fair trial and a fair presentation,” O’Mara said. “There’s obviously been a lot of information flowing. I think a lot of it has been premature and inappropriate… The worst thing that can happen in this case is that it doesn’t get tried properly. Give us our chance to do it the way it’s supposed to be done.”

Source: CNN

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