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Hearing provides first look at alleged Colorado gunman

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — His hair a frizz of neon orange, his hands shackled, James E. ­Holmes sat wordlessly through his first court appearance Monday, a starkly different figure from the once-promising student recalled by acquaintances or the black-clad gunman accused of striding into a theater and fatally shooting 12 people.

Sitting next to one of his publicly appointed defense lawyers, Holmes, 24, gave little outward sign of recognition as a district court judge here informed him of his rights and of the likelihood that he would face charges of first-degree murder. Prosecutors are expected to file charges formally next Monday.

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