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Colorado suspected gunman 'can't remember' shooting spree

Alleged killer James Holmes is repeatedly asking guards why he is in prison – claiming that he has no memory of the shooting which took place in a packed Colorado cinema last week.

Image: AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File

THE MAN SUSPECTED of killing 12 people in a crowed cinema in Colorado last week says he doesn’t know why he’s in prison.

James Holmes, 24, has claimed to prison guards that he has no recollection of the massacre during a midnight premiere of the lastest Batman film on 20 July. The former PhD neuroscience student has also been complaining about the food he is receiving behind bars, according to the Telegraph.

“He’s claiming his belly hurts him,” one prison employee said. “He complained once that he didn’t like the food . . . The guy killed 12 people, and he’s upset that he’s not getting a four-star meal?”

The alleged gunman has been placed in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, and is let outside for one hour’s exercise. Authorities have insisted he wear a stab-proof vest when outside his cell for fears other inmates might attack him.

Last Monday, Holmes appeared in court in Aurora ahead of formal charges with brightly-dyed red-orange hair. He appeared dazed and groggy.

However, prison staff believe his behaviour and claims of amnesia are a ploy to escape harsh sentencing over his alleged crimes, reports the Daily Mail.

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“I think he’s trying real hard to act crazy,” one employee said.

Prosecutors are currently considering whether to seek the death penalty against Holmes.

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