Camera ban for Colorado hearings
A US judge ruled has ruled that no cameras will be allowed in the courtroom at next week's hearing when the suspect in the Colorado cinema shooting is expected to be formally charged.
James Holmes (24) was arrested behind the cinema shortly after the massacre on Friday and was in court for the first time on Monday, appearing dazed and sleepy.
Mr Holmes' initial appearance was televised but a judge decided to ban cameras from the courtroom when Mr Holmes will be charged next week.
Twelve people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed and 58 wounded in Friday's shootings. Twenty people remained hospitalised yesterday. Seven were in critical condition and two in serious condition.
Meanwhile, a 21-year-old woman who escaped injury in the Colorado cinema shooting rampage gave birth to a baby boy yesterday while her husband was in the same hospital in a medically induced coma with a gunshot wound to the head.
Katie Medley and her husband, Caleb, both wearing Batman apparel, were at a showing of The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb of Aurora when the shootings occurred.
Caleb Medley, a 23-year-old aspiring comedian, was listed in critical condition yesterday at University of Colorado Denver hospital. A website set up to raise money for his care beause the Medleys have no health insurance said he had lost his right eye, suffered brain damage and was in a medically induced coma.
A spokeswoman for the hospital yesterday relayed the following statement from the Medleys: "The family is excited to say that Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 7.11am (1.11pm Irish time) this morning. Both mom and baby are doing great."'
Speaking to reporters last night, Caleb Medley's friend Michael West said Mr Medley had made small improvements and appeared to react when his wife and newborn son came into his hospital room.
"Katie brought the baby into the room and Caleb's blood pressure went up," Mr West said. "She put the baby near his arms and his pulse went up."
Mr Medley's 21-year-old brother, Seth, added that the wounded man had also moved his right hand slightly in the direction of the baby.Seth Medley said his brother, who lost his right eye to a bullet, had "serious injuries" to his face.
Actor Christian Bale, who stars in the Batman films, visited the Medical Center of Aurora yesterday to meet some of the shooting victims, a hospital spokeswoman said.
The shooting rampage has renewed debate in the United States about gun control. At the same time, Colorado authorities said yesterday that applications in the state for background checks to purchase firearms surged in the aftermath of the shooting.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said that in the three days following the rampage, 2,887 people were approved for gun purchases, compared with 2,012 the weekend before, a 43.5 per cent increase.
The Dark Knight Rises took in $160.8 million at US and Canadian box offices, well below pre-opening estimates of a $170 million to $198 million debut, but still a strong number for a film that box-office watchers said felt the impact of Friday's shooting.
The latest issue of a Batman comic series due to hit stores this week was postponed in light of the shooting, DC Entertainment said yesterday.
A fundraising drive at givingfirst.org for victims of the shooting had raised nearly $2 million, including donations from Warner Bros, the studio behind the movie.
Colorado's Fox31 television station in Denver reported that Warner Bros had donated $1 million, citing sources, but a studio spokeswoman would not confirm a specific amount.