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article image'Colorado shooter' appears in court as red-haired Joker

By Anne Sewell     Jul 23, 2012 in Crime
James Eagan Holmes, the alleged shooter in the Colorado movie theater massacre, appeared in court today, sporting red hair and appearing drowsy as the initial hearing was held.
Holmes, 24, made his first appearance in a Centennial, Colorado courtroom today. Police and prosecutors are accusing him of killing 12 and injuring 58 people in a shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Co early on Friday morning.
Prosecutors are saying that Holmes could face the death penalty for his crimes.
As reported on Digital Journal, he burst into the theater during the premiere of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises", shooting 12 people and injuring 58 more, and then gave himself up to the police.
Holmes has been held in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility since Friday. According to police, Holmes has refused to cooperate with investigators. The New York Daily News cites sources within the facility saying that Holmes has not shown any remorse for his crimes since being booked and that he "thinks he's acting in a movie."
Jail guards told reporters that "He was spitting at the door and spitting at the guards. He’s spitting at everything. Dude was acting crazy."
His court appearance on Monday morning was the first time he was seen in public since the massacre three days earlier.
In the courtroom, Holmes sat quietly wearing a prison jumpsuit and was silent throughout the brief hearing. With his dyed red hair, some people say that he thinks he is the Joker character from the Batman series. He apparently said just that to the police who detained him.
As can be seen from the video, Holmes appeared very drowsy, possibly even sedated, as he sat in the courtroom.
Theories are that attorneys for Holmes may use the insanity plea to spare their client from a capital punishment sentence for the multiple deaths caused by him. Should the district attorney not choose to seek the death penalty, Holmes would likely face mandatory life in prison.
Following the court appearance on Monday, District Attorney Carol Chambers told the media that Holmes is not expected to be charged for domestic terrorism. She further added that prosecutors are seeking input from victims of the shooting, to help make a decision on whether the court will impose the death penalty on Holmes. Chambers says that this decision would impact the lives of those involved in the case for many years to come.
It may, however, be months before the case finally comes to trial.
Police recently accessed Holmes' apartment which was booby-trapped with trip wires, and contained several sophisticated explosive devices, plus various weapons. They evacuated the building and then safely disposed of the explosives.
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