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Shooting suspect in court with orange-red hair

Published: Mon, July 23, 2012 @ 12:25 p.m.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — His hair dyed orange-red and a dazed look on his face, the man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at the opening of the new Batman movie appeared Monday in court for the first time.

An unshaven, handcuffed James Holmes, 24, sat in maroon jailhouse jumpsuit as the judge advised him of the case. Holmes sat motionless, his eyes appearing tired and drooping.

At one point, he closed his eyes as the judge spoke. Prosecutors said later they didn't know if Holmes was on medication. Authorities have said he is being held in isolation at the jail.

Holmes didn't speak once during the hearing. His attorneys answered for him when the judge asked if he understood his rights. One woman's eyes welled up with tears during the hearing.

Police say Holmes, clad in body armor and armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and handguns opened fire at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people and wounding 58 others.

He was arrested shortly after the Friday shooting. He is refusing to cooperate, authorities say. They said it could take months to learn what prompted the attack on the moviegoers.

Holmes was brought over from the Arapahoe County detention facility and walked into the courtroom with attorneys and others.

He sat down in a jury box, seated next to one of his attorneys. His entrance was barely noticeable but relatives of shooting victims leaned forward in their seats to catch their first glimpse of him.

Some stared at him the entire hearing, including Tom Teves, the father of Alex Teves, who was killed in the shooting. Two women held hands tightly, one shaking her head.

After the hearing, prosecutor Carol Chambers said that "at this point, everyone is interested in a fair trial with a just outcome for everybody involved."

Chambers earlier Monday her office is considering pursuing the death penalty against Holmes. She said a decision will be made in consultation with victims' families.

Holmes is expected to be formally charged next Monday. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and he could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations.

Holmes has been assigned a public defender.

Security at the hearing was tight. Uniformed sheriff's deputies were stationed outside, and deputies were positioned on the roofs of both court buildings at the Arapahoe County Justice Center.

Police have said Holmes began buying guns at Denver-area stores nearly two months before Friday's shooting and that he received at least 50 packages in four months at his home and at school.

Holmes' apartment was filled with trip wires, explosive devices and unknown liquids, requiring police, FBI officials and bomb squad technicians to evacuate surrounding buildings while spending most of Saturday disabling the booby traps.

Investigators found a Batman mask inside Holmes' apartment after they finished clearing the home, a law enforcement official close to the investigation said Sunday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.

Officials at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus were looking into whether Holmes used his position in a graduate program to collect hazardous materials, but that disclosure was one of the few it has made three days after the massacre. It remained unclear whether Holmes' professors and other students at his 35-student Ph.D. program noticed anything unusual about his behavior.

His reasons for quitting the program in June also remained a mystery. Holmes recently took an intense oral exam that marks the end of the first year. University officials would not say if he passed, citing privacy concerns.


1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years ago

Deranged, derailed.

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2WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 4 years ago

The University of Colorado couldn't say if he passed his oral exam or not, as that would be a FERPA violation. Even in these dreadful circumstances, they could get a hefty fine for releasing that information. What the oral exam would have to do with this individual being deranged is virtually nothing. He was probably well on his way to stark, raving mad long before that.

Regardless, this is another loony who likely shouldn't have been walking the streets. If you look at his facial expression in one of the photos that have been on CNN's website and the arraignment photo of the guy that shot the congresswoman and others from Arizona last year, they have an eerily similar look to them. What a sad tragedy.

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3DwightK(1537 comments)posted 4 years ago

He's not worthy of another comment.

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4IslandMike(764 comments)posted 4 years ago

He CAN't be crazy. He passed the background check to obtain a firearm. That's the background check the republican gun lovers want to soften. You repubs all want to make it easier to obtain a firearm. Hip-hip-hooray GUNS.

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5NoBS(2841 comments)posted 4 years ago

And another homicidal maniac is playing the "I'm crazy - put me in a hotel, not a prison" card. Just like that moron who shot Senator Giffords out west. Sorry, sonnyboy, you're GUILTY by reason of insanity. You need to spend the rest of your life in a rat-infested hole. Or you need to die, slowly and painfully.

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6TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 4 years ago

IslandDike, you really think this would not have happened if we had more stringent gun laws?

How is Chicago doing? This guy would have blown something up regardless of gun laws.

I think your missing The View, it's on now.

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7rmzrez(134 comments)posted 4 years ago

WOW I just superimposed Rush's face on James and you may be right . Do you think it is possible . Was Rush ever in Colo. ??????

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8lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years ago

but if he was a black female from ytown, orange hair would be okay for his court appearance.

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9DSquared(1788 comments)posted 4 years ago

Don't worry Island Mike, The Liberals will NEVER let him be executed! He's probably just misunderstood according to Lib doctrine. Oh by the way, those gun laws sure kept guys like Kluzinski and Bundy from killing people, huh?

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10Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years ago

Anyone that is full armored and shooting at random people in a crowded movie theater is not only deranged, he is not human. Nothing but a COWARD!

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11AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 4 years ago

This man was not duranged. He was a perfect law abbiding citizen that is ENTITLED to buy this kind of stuff. Remember ALL law abiding are able to buy 6,000 rounds of ammo and weapons. The NRA does not want to stop individuals such as him from his RIGHT to have these weapons.

I bet some CCWers change their mind when it is their son or daughter that gets killed at the movies.

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12VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years ago

I do not believe this guy is deranged. I believe he is acting to get a lighter sentence. He is well educated and plotted out his moves far in advance. He should get the death penalty. I believe a good public hanging is in order! He deserves nothing less!

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13IslandMike(764 comments)posted 4 years ago

They're taking DRASTIC MEASURES to prevent a tradgedy like this from ever happening again. No, they're not going to make it harder to get a firearm, they're going to ban maskes and costumes in movie theaters!

Ya see folks, halloween masks and costumes = BAD

Guns, tear gas, riot gear and body armor = GOOD

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