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Holmes taken to hospital

Los Angeles - A judge agreed on Wednesday to delay a court hearing for alleged US cinema shooter James Holmes after the 24-year-old was hospitalised, having reportedly rammed his head into a wall, a spokesperson said.

Holmes, accused of gunning down 12 people and wounding 58 more at a screening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises in July, had been due in court on Thursday for a routine hearing.

Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes makes his first court appearance in Aurora, Colorado, on 23 July 2012. File photo: RJ Sangosti. Credit: Reuters

But the court date has been postponed until December 10, after Holmes's lawyers requested an emergency court session following Tuesday's incident, said Colorado state court spokesperson Robert McCallum.

The defence lawyer told the judge that there was an “incident that required Mr Holmes to go to the hospital yesterday, and it would not be something that would resolve itself by tomorrow”, McCallum told reporters.

The Denver Post cited sources as saying that Holmes injured himself at the Arapahoe County jail, where he has been detained since shortly after the July massacre.

“In the middle of the day yesterday, we received information for the situation (that) involved a trip to the hospital,” the newspaper cited attorney Tamara Brady as telling the court.

“It's not as simple as a migraine.”

Holmes, who has previously appeared in court looking bewildered with bright orange hair, has been held in solitary confinement since the massacre, one of the deadliest shootings in recent US history.

He could face the death penalty if convicted, although Colorado has only executed one person since capital punishment was reinstated in the western US state in 1976. - Sapa-AFP

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