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Colorado massacre suspect appears in court

Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes Photo: Reuters

The man accused of shooting dead 12 people in a cinema in Colorado has made his first appearance in court.

24-year-old James Holmes sat silently in a red jump suit with his hair dyed bright red.

Our Correspondent Chris Ship is in Colorado.

No charges were brought against him today. That will happen at a hearing in the same court next Monday.

Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes Credit: Reuters

Police say Holmes was dressed in body armor and carrying three guns when he opened fire at a packed screening of the new Batman movie on Friday.

Authorities are still searching for a motive for the crime.

Colorado shooting suspect Holmes sits with public defender Credit: Reuters

On a live broadcast of the proceedings, Holmes could be seen sitting silently, looking straight ahead, occasionally closing his eyes.

Victims of the shooting include war veterans, an aspiring sport presenter who had barely escaped a shooting in a Toronto mall earlier this summer, and a 6-year-old girl.

Many Americans have vowed to deny Holmes the publicity they believe he craves by not uttering his name.

Holmes is being kept in solitary confinement to protect him from other prisoners.

Holmes appeared to be drowsy during his appearance Credit: Reuters

Speaking after the court appearance Carol Chambers, District Attorney said:

Everyone is interested in a fair trial with a just outcome... The court knows that there is enough evidence to continue to hold the defendant. He is being held without bond (bail) at this time.. and we will continue to ask the court to continue holding him without bond.

Carol Chambers, District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District of Colorado Credit: Reuters

Chambers also denied it would be a "slam dunk" case. She says "we will work very hard on it like any other case" and added the decision on whether to press for death penalty is still months away and it could be at least a year before he stands trial.

Image taken of James Holmes after being detained by Denver Police Credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office