Suspect in 'Batman' shooting to return to court in US

Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes at his first court appearance in July 2012
Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes at his first court appearance in July 2012 Credit: REUTERS/RJ Sangosti/Pool

The American student charged with shooting a dozen people to death at a screening of a "Batman" film at a cinema in Colorado last July will return to court today for a preliminary hearing.

James Holmes, 25, faces more than 160 charges including first degree murder and attempted murder.

The purpose of the preliminary hearing, which will last around a week, is for prosecutors to try to convince a judge they have enough evidence to put him on trial.

It is the first time the public will hear a detailed account of the evidence relating to the shooting, including notebooks in which Holmes is alleged to have detailed violent plans.

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Colorado suspect in court

Prosecutors have outlined their case against James Holmes, the American student charged with shooting a dozen people to death at a screening of a "Batman" film at a cinema in Colorado last July.