A judge in America has accepted an insanity plea from the suspect in the deadly Colorado cinema shooting. It means James Holmes now faces a lengthy mental evaluation. He is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
At today's hearing, the judge, Carlos Samour Jr said: "I find Mr Holmes understands the effects and consequences of the not guilty by reason of insanity plea."
James Holmes, who is accused of killing and wounding dozens in a shooting at a cinema in Colorado, appeared in court today with unkempt hair and a beard.
The defendant raise eyebrows when he arrived at his first court hearing with orange-dyed hair, appearing to be dazed and uncomprehending.
A judge in the US has entered an automatic plea of not guilty for James Holmes, the man accused of killing and injuring dozens in the 'Batman cinema shooting' in Colorado last July.
Judge William Sylvester said Holmes, 25, can change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity later, if he chooses. Such a change could be the only way Holmes could avoid life in prison or execution.
Police have cordoned off the area around a house in Denver, Colorado in the US that was the scene of a shooting that left one adult and two children dead.
Details of the shooting remain unknown, but the local NBC TV station KUSA reported that one woman and two children were found dead at the home. One other child was reportedly taken to hospital.
A third child was wounded and remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Police Lt. Matt Murray says it appears to have been an isolated shooting and that the killer is not thought to be at large.
Three people have died and another is in hospital following what is believed to have been a shooting at a home in the US city of Denver, police said.
Local media reports said at least two of the casualties were children and that there was a large police presence on the 4900 block of North Pearl Street in the city centre.Police said the bodies were found just before 7am local time (2pm GMT) today.
The state of Colorado has posted the list of charges against James Eagan Holmes here.
As well as 24 murder charges and 116 attempted murder charges, the sheet includes:
- One charge of possession of explosive or incendiary device
- One charge of 'crime of violence'
Denver shooting suspect James Holmes has been formally charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.
The 24 murder charges include 12 counts of first-degree murder and 12 counts of 'murder with extreme indifference'.
The charges were formally presented as the 24-year-old made his second court appearance since his arrest moments after the massacre during a packed showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" shortly after midnight on July 20.
The former graduate student accused of killing 12 people in a shooting spree at cinema near Denver is due to make a second court appearance today.
Criminal charges against James Holmes, 24, who has remained jailed since his arrest, are expected to be formally presented at today's hearing, which will not be televised.
At his initial court hearing one week ago, Holmes said nothing and appeared dazed and groggy, occasionally closing his eyes as if fighting off sleep.
The woman who is critically injured suffered a miscarriage as a result of her injuries her family has said. Ashley Moser, 25 was shot in the neck and abdomen during the July 20 midnight premier of 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
Moser's daughter, six year old Veronica Moser-Sullivan was the youngest to die in the attack.
The man suspected of carrying out the massacre in Aurora, James Holmes, is being held in solitary confinement and without bond in the Arapahoe County jail.
He will appear in court on Monday, when prosecutors are expected to formally charge the former University of Colorado neuroscience graduate student with multiple charges of first degree murder.