Security tight ahead of Holmes court appearance

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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 23 at 8:31 AM

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Security is tight outside the courthouse where the suspect in the Colorado theater shooting is set to make his first appearance.

Uniformed sheriff's deputies are stationed outside, and deputies are positioned on the roofs of both court buildings at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in Centennial, south of Denver.

James Holmes is being held in solitary confinement in jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. He'll be moved Monday to a nearby courtroom for a 9:30 a.m. MDT hearing, where he will hear the pending charges against him. Prosecutors will have 72 hours to file formal charges.

Authorities have disclosed that Holmes is refusing to cooperate and that it could take months to learn what prompted the attack that killed 12 and injured 58 moviegoers at a Batman film premiere.

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