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18th Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers said Monday the death penalty decision is months down the line in the case of the deadly theater shooting.
James Holmes, 24, made his initial court appearance on Monday. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder. Formal charges are expected next Monday.
Officials have 60 days to decide if Holmes will face the death penalty if convicted. However, Chambers said that decision will be made after consultation with the victims and their families.
"We want to get input from the victims as to whether we'll seek the death penalty," Chambers explained. "We want to give each and every victim and each and every case the attention it needs and deserves."
Families often have differing opinions on whether to pursue the death penalty, partially because those cases often take many more years to prosecute.
Chambers also said this is not a slam dunk case, which could weigh into the death penalty decision.
"There is no such thing as a slam dunk case," Chambers said. "We will work very hard on this case."
Chambers said little about the actual case or the evidence. She talked more about procedures.
This was a live advisement today, Chambers explained. Basically, the judge told the defendant what his constitutional rights are.
"Everyone is interested in a fair trial on behalf of the victims," Chambers said. "That is our focus at this time."
Holmes is being held in isolation. He is scheduled to return to court next Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Holmes is suspected in the deaths of 12 people during a shooting spree at a movie theater in Aurora on Friday. More than 50 other people were injured in the shooting.