Op-Ed: James Holmes — Conspiracy theorists note variation between photos

Posted Jul 29, 2012 by Anne Sewell
An image has been posted on Facebook, which highlights differences between the first image of the alleged Colorado shooter, posted in the media, and that of Holmes in court.
James Eagan Holmes in his police booking photo
James Eagan Holmes in his police booking photo
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office
Now conspiracy theorists are asking, who was it that appeared in court, as they say it does not appear to be the James Eagan Holmes who was arrested in the tragic killing of 12 people and injuring of 58 people, during a screening of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises", in Aurora, Colorado.
In the image, which can be viewed here, they highlight the difference in the distance between his eyes and the tip of his nose, the actual shape of his nose, much narrower in the latest image, and they also state that the ears differ.
Photo of Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes
Photo of Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes
Released by Colorado University
Some commenters noted that the expression is completely different, which would make the length of his face vary a little. They also commented at least four years had passed between the two photos.
However, on closely viewing the photo on the right, and also a photo of a younger James Holmes, from a link contained in the comments, there is, admittedly, a definite difference in the eye color. When Holmes was young, his eyes were brown, but when he appeared in court, his eyes appear to be a different color.
It certainly does appear to be a mystery. Your thoughts, readers?