Victim's father's outburst ends court hearing at which Holmes' arraignment is delayed

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Posted on January 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The father of one of the victims of the Colorado movie theater shootings is promising there will be no more outbursts.

Steve Hernandez apologized to the judge today, after shouting during a hearing today that accused gunman James Holmes should "rot in Hell."

Hernandez was the father of Rebecca Wingo, who died along with 11 others in the shooting.

The judge was sympathetic, telling him, "I am terribly sorry for your loss and I can only begin to imagine the emotions that are raging."

The outburst came at the end of a hearing at which the judge delayed the arraignment of Holmes until March, despite objections from prosecutors and victims' families.

Defense lawyers could be looking for time to get a mental health evaluation by a doctor of their choosing. If he had entered an insanity plea today, an evaluation would be done by state doctors.

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184-c-12-(Dan Elliott, AP correspondent)-"respond to that"-AP correspondent Dan Elliott reports James Holmes' lawyers didn't explain why they wanted to wait several months to move forward. (11 Jan 2013)

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183-c-27-(Dan Elliott, AP correspondent)-"no further outbursts"-AP correspondent Dan Elliott reports a relative of one of the victims caused a commotion near the end of the hearing. ((cut contains the expression 'rot in hell')) (11 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO COEA108: Steve Hernandez, right, the father of Rebecca Wingos who was killed in the Aurora theater, holds hands with an unidentified woman as they arrive for a court proceeding for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes at the courthouse in Centennial, Colo., on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Hernandez yelled out "Rot in Hell Holmes" in court at the end of Friday's proceedings. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (11 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO COEA101: Defense attorney Daniel King leads his team to court for a hearing for Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes at the courthouse in Centennial, Colo., on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) (11 Jan 2013)

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