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'Dark Knight Rises' shooting: Death penalty decision could take months

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James Holmes, alleged Colorado gunman
The prosecutor in the Colorado shooting trial of James Holmes has spoken out about the possibility of a death penalty sentence.

The 24-year-old could face the death penalty if found guilty of the charges stemming from the shooting at a Dark Knight Rises screening in Aurora on Friday, July 20.

District Attorney Carol Chambers revealed: "The death penalty decision has to be made within 60 days of the arraignment. So it is months down the line still."

She also said that Holmes could stand trial within a year.

The shooting rampage left 12 people dead, including a 6-year-old child, and 58 people injured including a 3-month-old infant.

Holmes appeared somewhat dazed as he attended court today (July 23) and was advised by his lawyers - public defenders Tamara Brady and Daniel King - not to speak at the arraignment hearing.

Chambers, however, said that she had no information on whether Holmes is currently under medication

Holmes is scheduled to return to court on Monday, July 30 at 9.30am.

Watch footage of James Holmes in court below:

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