8 Jan 2013

Cinema shooting suspect in court

1:45 pm on 8 January 2013

A man accused of carrying out mass shooting in a cinema in Colorado last July has appeared in court in the United States at the beginning of a pre-trial hearing.

James Holmes, 25, is accused of killing twelve people and injuring scores of others during a midnight screening of a Batman movie in the town of Aurora. He faces than 160 charges.

The BBC reports the hearing represents the first extensive disclosure of evidence in the case.

At the time of the shooting, the accused was a graduate student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado in Denver, but was withdrawing from his studies after failing an exam.