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Thursday 23 October 2014

Batman massacre suspect to face trial

A JUDGE has ruled that there is enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado cinema.

Judge William Sylvester said prosecutors have established probable cause to proceed with 166 felony counts, including murder and attempted murder.

A succession of police and federal agents testified that Holmes (25) spent weeks amassing guns and ammunition, concocted explosives to booby-trap his apartment and scouted the cinema.

Many legal analysts have said they expect the case to end with a plea bargain rather than a trial.

Tom Teves, whose son Alex was among the dead, said he would rather see Holmes plead guilty to first-degree murder, avoiding a traumatic trial, bringing a life sentence and closing the door to an insanity defence.

If found not guilty by reason of insanity, Holmes could conceivably be released some day .

"Don't pretend he's crazy," Mr Teves said. "He's not crazy. He's no more crazy than you and I."

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