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Court drama over US cinema massacre trial

Published on Jan 12, 2013 5:48 AM
Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Pearson is pictured in a courtroom sketch as Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes (right) looks on during a preliminary hearing in Centennial, Colorado on Jan 9, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CENTENNIAL, Colorado (AFP) - The father of a victim of the Colorado cinema massacre yelled "rot in hell!" at the alleged gunman on Friday, when a judge delayed officially charging him a day after ruling he stand trial.

Four or five people walked out of court after judge William Sylvester postponed for two months a hearing to arraign James Holmes, the 25-year-old who is accused of shooting 12 moviegoers dead and injuring at least 58 others.

Following preliminary hearings this week it was ordered on Thursday that Holmes will face trial over the late night massacre in Aurora, outside Denver, last July.

But the suspect's defence lawyers objected to the arraignment - the official laying of charges, when Holmes will enter a plea - on Friday, when it was meant to take place, and the judge postponed the hearing until March 12.

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