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Accused Colorado Theater Shooter Hearing Set



Hundreds of people including witnesses, victims and families are expected to attend the preliminary hearing, set for January 7.

Accused Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes appeared in court today where a judge set a preliminary hearing for January 7 that is expected to last several days.

Hundreds of people including witnesses, victims and families are expected to attend.

Prosecutors say part of the evidence presented at the preliminary hearing will include recordings of calls to 911 and approximately 30 hours of video from inside the Century 16 multiplex.

ABC News reports Holmes was in court for Wednesday’s hearing, his brown hair slightly grown out from his last appearance and now wearing a full beard. He did not speak and sat quietly at the defense table in a maroon jumpsuit and shackles.

Both sides told judge William Sylvester that they are ready to proceed on January 7.

According to the prosecution, they plan on showing videos and photos of the shooting as well as playing 911 calls from the tragedy and interviewing witnesses.

Three different courtrooms will be used during this preliminary hearing. The largest courtroom – which holds 96 people – will be utilized, as well as an assembly room that’s capable of holding about 330 people and another courtroom which holds about 60. The assembly room will be used to hold mostly victims’ families.

Holmes is accused of murdering 12 people and wounding 58 when he allegedly opened fire at a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises”. His defense team believes Holmes is mentally ill. He has not entered a plea.

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