James Holmes makes his first appearance before a court

By Justine Espersen

Suspected gunman of the Colo. theater massacre, James Holmes, made his first appearance in court today.

With his fiery orange-red hair, Holmes, 24, appeared dazed and dreary-eyed in court. He continually was looking down, with his eyes half open.
Holmes is suspected of injuring 58 people and killing 12 with gunfire at a Century 16 movie theater of Aurora, Colo. during the midnight showing of ‘The Dark Knight Rises.”

If Holmes is found mentally competent and is convicted of the theater shooting, he could be headed for Colorado’s Death Row.

A final decision on whether to give Holmes the death penalty “will be made within 60 days of the suspects arraignment,” Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said after Holmes’ first court appearance.

Formal charges will be filed during a preliminary hearing scheduled for Monday, July 30, according to the district attorney’s office.

If they do not request the death penalty and Holmes is convicted of first-degree murder charges, he will be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole, according to The Denver Channel.

However, Holmes has not seemed to change from his murderous “Joker” guise even behind bars.

“Let’s just say he hasn’t shown any remorse,” a jailhouse worker told the Daily News. “He thinks he’s acting in a movie.”

“He was spitting at the door and spitting at the guards,” a released inmate told the Daily News outside the jail. “He’s spitting at everything. Dude was acting crazy.”

The other inmates of the Arapahoe County Jail chanted “kid killer” on his first night in jail, referencing to the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old girl.
It is possible Holmes may choose to seek an insanity defense, as his motives are still unclear. However, officials have argued that in part with his preparation for the attack appear to all be planned intentionally by Holmes.

He had purchased four weapons including a shotgun, an assault rifle and two Glock handguns months prior to the shooting. Holmes also bought more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition, special magazines for the bullets, body armor and a gas mask from the Internet, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said to the LA Times.

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