James Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court, USA
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Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes appears in court

23 July 2012 Last updated at 20:22 BST

The US man accused of killing 12 people in a shooting at a Batman film screening in Aurora, Colorado has appeared in court for the first time.

James Holmes, 24, sat in court in a red jail suit with dyed orange hair, and appeared dazed during the proceedings.

Nine of 58 people wounded by the gunman remain in critical condition.

Alistair Leithead reports.