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Outrage over Aurora victims fund: 'Get the funds to people that needs it,' says Colorado shooting victim

Accused Colorado shooter James Holmes is back in solitary confinement Friday, a day after his most recent court appearance.

He'll have to wait three weeks until his next one, but for some of his alleged victims, the wait for help may drag on even longer.

Despite five-million-dollars in donations, financial aid for the injured has been held up by red tape, clogged in a bureaucratic system that was meant to help the victims.

CNN's Kyung lah reports on their growing outrage.

Colorado shooting charity responds to criticism from victims' families

The organization overseeing money raised to aid victims of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and their families responded Thursday to criticism from some victims' relatives that their calls to help decide how to spend it were being ignored.

"Every penny collected will go to meeting the direct needs and the future needs of the victims and their families," said Marla Williams, the chief executive of Community First Foundation, which oversees the relief fund.

At least $5 million has been donated to the Aurora Victims Relief Fund since it was established with the approval of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to help families of the 12 killed and 58 wounded. The governor chose the Community First Foundation to oversee the relief fund.

On Tuesday, Tom Teves, the father of shooting victim Alex Teves, said that "people who were in the theater, together with those who have lost loved ones" should be driving decisions about how the money raised is spent.

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