Victims' angry family members at court for suspect's first hearing

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Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:19 PM
Source: Associated Press

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. - A man who watched today's hearing in Colorado where James Holmes made his first court appearance says his son "could have wiped the floor with him without breaking a sweat."

The angry words came from Tom Teves, whose son, Alex, was killed along with 11 others in Friday's movie theater shooting. He says he wishes the "coward," as he put it, had picked on "some guys who know how to use guns."

Alex Teves, a physical therapist, dove to protect his girlfriend as the gunfire broke out.

Another family member who was at the courthouse for today's hearing, David Sanchez, says he thinks the death penalty is the right punishment for Holmes if he's convicted.

Sanchez, who waited outside the courthouse today, said his pregnant daughter escaped uninjured but that her husband was shot in the head and was in critical condition.

He said, "When it's your own daughter and she escaped death by mere seconds, I want to say it makes you angry."

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