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US judge orders trial for cinema massacre suspect

Published on Jan 11, 2013 10:10 AM
 
James Holmes appears in court at the Arapahoe County Justice Center on July 23, 2012 in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes, 25, is accused of killing 12 people and injuring at least 58 in the shooting in a midnight premiere screening of the latest Batman movie in a theater in Aurora, Colorado. -- PHOTO: AFP

DENVER, Colorado (AFP) - A US judge ordered that alleged cinema gunman James Holmes stand trial over the massacre that killed 12 people in Colorado last July, court documents showed.

Judge William Sylvester found that prosecutors had established there was "probable cause" to believe the defendant committed the crimes, and ordered Holmes to be arraigned in court on Friday.

"The court orders that the defendant shall be bound over for trial on all counts," he wrote in a 61-page ruling posted online, listing all 166 charges against the 25-year-old.

Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring at least 58 in the shooting in a midnight premiere screening of the latest Batman movie in a theatre in Aurora, Colorado.

 
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