Alleged Colorado Movie-Theater Shooter Makes First Court Appearance

The world got its first look at the 24-year-old man accused in Friday's mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that killed 12 and injured 58

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James Holmes makes his first court appearance, at the Arapahoe County courthouse in Centennial, Colo., on July 23, 2012

James Eagan Holmes, who is being held in a Colorado jail after allegedly fatally shooting 12 and wounding 58 others at a suburban Denver movie theater on July 20, made his first court appearance on Monday morning as he began to face charges that could result in the death penalty.

Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester presided over the hearing, which advised Holmes of his constitutional rights, and heard preliminary motions from the prosecution and defense on the ongoing proceedings. He ordered that Holmes, 24, appear in court to be formally charged on July 30.

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The suspect sat in court wearing a burgundy jumpsuit and sporting brightly dyed red hair, occasionally staring at the floor with a sullen expression. At one point, Holmes closed his eyes while the judge spoke. He was flanked by his public defender. Holmes has been held in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County jail and is expected to remain there until his arraignment. Authorities have said he has been largely uncooperative and that it may take months to learn the motive behind his mass killing.

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Holmes was arrested early Friday after allegedly staging a lethal assault during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. He was armed with an assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and two Glock handguns. Police have since deactivated and detonated several booby traps set in his apartment.

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PrinceHall
PrinceHall

After seeing the footage from his court appearance my first impression is that he was faking this whole "dazed" thing.  He deserves a raspberry award for the horrible acting job he did, but it was comical.  Think about it, he studied neuroscience in college and it's been reported he was highly interested in "how people act"...behavioral traits.  This guy is far from stupid.  He spent a lot of time planning this out, who's to say he didn't have a plan to plead for "not guilty by reason of insanity", this whole "dazed" thing is just the first part of his "strategy".

avik
avik

He should be executed or sent to Gitmo. Let him enjoy in Gitmo.

But not sure if Colorado's a death penalty state.

Also, are American citizens even sent to Gitmo?

Malbörgia Vönwindecker II
Malbörgia Vönwindecker II

I was there at  the theater that night and seen what he did I HOPE amp; PRAY THEY FRY HIS A@@! He is NO Joker he is a Joke A ASSCLOWN!

CanadianAgainstTheUSAgunLaws
CanadianAgainstTheUSAgunLaws

Here is what I do not comprehend.... We cannot take Kinder eggs into the USA, because they are deemed a choking hazard, so the border guards hold a couple up for hours over it. The USA can track a few marijuana seeds in the mail back to a Canadian. Mark Emery and extradite him back to a US prison. They can track a mad cow back to the farm he came from. You cannot take a bottle of water past security at an Airport. But a guy orders on line 6000 rounds of ammo, an automatic rifle, other guns, an arsenal of protective gear.... all delivered by the USA Postal Service... as well as purchased all the other accoutrements to build bombs. AND NO ONE FINDS THIS ODD? WTF is wrong with this picture????  You all have the wrong priorities neighbour.... totally wrong somewhere.

You all need to make the cost of a bullet to be about 5,000$ so that those that get guns still cannot get that much ammo.

PrinceHall
PrinceHall

No red flags went off because he was white, instead of Arab.

oldprofessor
oldprofessor

This process should be streamlined as much as possible.  Expedite the trial and provide his experience of justice.  Expedite the execution and  relieve his pain. 

His facial expressions and hair styles are theatrical manifestations.  There is nothing he can say about his innocence.  There is nothing he could say about his motivation that I would believe.    

Train4m
Train4m

I'm so sick of reading "Alleged" this and "alleged" that. I know why the media does that but in this case it's so damned obvious with deranged man committed these horrible acts it's just sad everyone is tip-toeing around HIS rights. What about the rights of all those innocent people he killed and hurt! 

D_Bob
D_Bob

We do this to uphold the legitimacy of our justice system. It's for our sake, as much as for their sake — i.e. to secure as fair a trial as possible for the sake of the one arrested for a crime.

runewake2
runewake2

I agree, it totally makes sense that everyone is guilty until proven innocent. Hell, it works really well. Why don't we just throw him into the middle of a highway and crush him with a few thousand cars.

If he is found guilty then he will suffer the consequences, but if he happens to just be some crazy, anti-government man then he very much was only alleged to have killed and not actually done it.

Justice should not be  thrown to the wind just because your emotions are getting in the way of your intelligence.

MrSpork
MrSpork

 Even if he WAS crazed he should receive the death penalty, because ALL people are responsible for their own actions.

happydayfortennis
happydayfortennis

Thank you for being so reasonable. It's difficult for people to behave rationally when something so incomprehensible or tragic happens. For example, after a sixteen-year old died from a car crash with another teen driver, NJ made Kyleigh's Law (you can see the emotional weight even in the name) where teenagers had to have decals on their cars to alert other drivers. Or potential killers and sex offenders.

PerennialLady
PerennialLady

 I'm going for throwing him on the highway.  There's absolutely no doubt he carefully planned this.  He's crazy like a fox.

MrSpork
MrSpork

 The police even SAID that he APPARENTLY been planning this attack for MONTHS!

runewake2
runewake2

How about we let the trial decide? You know, what this article is about? Yeah, that.

I mean if this was 2000 years ago we could have just crucified him, but I think we can all agree that that didn't really end all that well.

espie
espie

It's not about his rights - it's about our litigious society and how easy it is to accuse one of slander and libel. You must always say "alleged" until proven in court.

curls0821
curls0821

 I don't really think they're tip-toeing around his rights. More like they're covering their own behinds.