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Colo. shooting suspect appears in court with orange-red hair

By Associated Press

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. >> His hair dyed a shocking comic-book shade of orange-red, the former doctoral student accused of killing moviegoers at a showing of the new Batman movie appeared in court for the first time today, but he didn't seem to be there at all.

James Holmes shuffled into court in a maroon jailhouse jumpsuit with his hands cuffed — the first look the world got of the 24-year-old since the Friday shooting that left 12 people dead and 58 others injured at a packed midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."

Unshaven and appearing dazed, Holmes sat virtually motionless during the hearing, his eyes drooping as the judge advised him of the severity of the case. At one point, Holmes simply closed his eyes. Prosecutors said they didn't know if he was being medicated.

Throughout the hearing, he never said a word. His attorneys did all the talking when the judge asked him if he understood his rights.

His demeanor, however, angered the relatives of some of the victims of the shooting. Some stared at him the entire hearing, including Tom Teves, whose son, Alex, was killed in the attack. Teves watched Holmes intently, sizing him up.

"I saw the coward in court today and Alex could have wiped the floor with him without breaking a sweat," said Teves, whose son, a physical therapist, dove to protect his girlfriend.

"You shot a 6-year-old. Come on give me a break. You're dressed in full combat gear, immediately surrender. Come on. Pick on some guys who know how to use guns," Teves said.

The hearing was the first confirmation that Holmes' hair was colored. On Friday, there were reports of his hair being red and that he told arresting officers that he was "The Joker." Batman's nemesis in the fictional Gotham has brightly colored hair.

It could not immediately be confirmed if he told officers that he was Batman's enemy, however.

Investigators found a Batman mask inside his apartment after they finished clearing it of booby traps, 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.

Holmes, whom police say donned body armor and was armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and handguns during the attack, was arrested shortly afterward. He is refusing to cooperate, authorities said. They said it could take months to identify a motive.

Holmes, who is being held in isolation at the Arapahoe County detention facility, walked into the courtroom with attorneys and others. He sat down in a jury box, 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. Two women held hands tightly, one shook her head. One woman's eyes welled up with tears.

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 said earlier her office is considering pursuing the death penalty against Holmes.

Chambers said a decision will be made in consultation with the victims' families.

David Sanchez, who waited outside the courthouse during Holmes' hearing, said his pregnant daughter escaped uninjured but her husband was shot in the head and was in critical condition. His daughter was scheduled to deliver her baby today.

"When it's your own daughter and she escaped death by mere seconds, I want to say it makes you angry," Sanchez said. He said his daughter, 21-year-old Katie Medley, and her husband, Caleb, 23, had been waiting for a year to watch the movie.

Asked what punishment Holmes should get if he is convicted, Sanchez said, "I think death is."

At a news conference in San Diego, where Holmes' family lives, their lawyer, Lisa Damiani, refused to answer questions about him and his relationship to the family. She said later: "Everyone's concerned" about the possibility of the death penalty.

When asked if they stood by Holmes, Damiani said, "Yes they do. He's their son."

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.

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.

Weeks before, Holmes quit a 35-student Ph.D. program in neuroscience for reasons that aren't clear. He had earlier taken an intense oral exam that marks the end of the first year but University of Colorado Denver officials would not say if he passed, citing privacy concerns.

At a news conference, university officials refused to answer questions about Holmes. "To the best of our knowledge at this point, we think we did everything that we should have done," Donald Elliman, the university chancellor.

Officials also said the school received two suspicious packages Monday. The first package arrived early in the morning and was slipped under the door at a campus building while it was mostly empty. People were not allowed into the building until the threat was cleared.

The second package was addressed to a person in a separate building and came to the school's central mail facility.

Also in June, the owner of a gun range in Byers rejected Holmes' membership application of a "bizarre — guttural, freakish" message on Holmes' voicemail.

As authorities continued to investigate Holmes, Sunday was a day for healing and remembrance in Aurora, with the community holding a prayer vigil and President Barack Obama telling victims' families that "all of America and much of the world is thinking about them."

The pastor for the suspect's family recalled a shy boy who was driven to succeed academically.

"He wasn't an extrovert at all. If there was any conversation, it would be because I initiated it, not because he did," said Jerald Borgie, senior pastor of Penasquitos Lutheran Church. Borgie said he never saw the suspect mingle with others his age at church.

"He had some goals. He wanted to succeed, he wanted to go out, and he wanted to be the best," said Borgie, noting that last spoke with Holmes about six years ago. "He took pride in his academic abilities. A good student. He didn't brag about it."

The shooting was the worst in the U.S. since the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood, Texas. An Army psychiatrist was charged with killing 13 soldiers and civilians and wounding more than two dozen others.

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Associated Press writers Kristen Wyatt and Thomas Peipert in Aurora; Dan Elliott, and Colleen Slevin in Denver; and Julie Pace in Washington contributed to this report.






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sok808 wrote:
F@#%$ that guy he killed inosent people why give him the publicity.I dont want to know why he did it. It's to late for that. GOD BLESS TO THE FAMILY WHO LOST LOVE ONES.
on July 22,2012 | 04:46PM
RichardCory wrote:
It's spelled "innocent." It's "too," not "to." Questions end with question marks. Don't forget your periods and apostrophes. Capitalize the first word of each sentence. And it's usually a good idea to understand why these things happen if you want to help prevent them in the future. Or we can just throw out logic and intelligence, and we can just rant like crazy people.
on July 23,2012 | 04:57AM
PUNCHBOWLER wrote:
Grammar police! Mind your P's and Q's!
on July 23,2012 | 07:26AM
aomohoa wrote:
Aren't you arrogant
on July 23,2012 | 08:49AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Actually you can rant like a crazy person. This is America, not English class.
on July 23,2012 | 10:43AM
pgkemp wrote:
maybe sok went pubic school...........
on July 23,2012 | 06:53AM
honolulugal wrote:
Sok, I agree with you. Yes, God bless those families. And don't worry about grammar. What's important is what comes from the heart in what you say here. I'd take your thoughts anyday over those others here who can only focus on how a person expresses himsef rather what they are expressing.
on July 23,2012 | 07:54AM
aomohoa wrote:
I agree with honolulgal about Sok's heart. God bless the survivors of this and the families of those who did not.
on July 23,2012 | 08:50AM
Manapua_Man wrote:
Just two words: Death Penalty.
on July 23,2012 | 06:27AM
false wrote:
False: How in the world does this guy get his hair dyed while in custody. Or was it that color at the time of the killings?
on July 23,2012 | 07:04AM
soundofreason wrote:
Hair done before killings. Had pictures of it on internet. Maybe if "everything was NOT ok" people with weird hair would stick out more and be more readily identified as "not right in the head". Now they just blend in with the rest of the loones. Just different degrees of them and it's up to us to figure out HOW looney.
on July 23,2012 | 07:26AM
false wrote:
False2: Thanks for the info and you are so right about figuring out who are the dangerous loonies.
on July 23,2012 | 08:02AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Not about the dye hair, everyone does that! It's about the easy accessibility to their"second amendment".
on July 23,2012 | 09:08AM
tiki886 wrote:
Congratulations Boss. I was wondering who would be the first one to blame the US Constitution for this massacre. The 2nd Amendment has been around for over 200 years, it's only recently that American culture has been corrupted and debased since the Left has been putting out influential garbage such as Oliver Stone's 'Natural Born Killers' and Quentin Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs' to name a few.

Don't blame the US Constitution, blame the Liberal Left for the debasing of our culture and the disrespect of human life.


on July 23,2012 | 11:08AM
honolulugal wrote:
Congrulations, Tiki. I was wonderng when the so-called lieft would be implicated in this massacre. Thanks for not having us wait too long.
on July 23,2012 | 11:30AM
honolulugal wrote:
Oh, excuse, ala Kaaawa, that should have been "left" and it should have been "wondering" Don't want the spelling police after me, either. Would help if the font wasn't so small here. Lol
on July 23,2012 | 11:37AM
tiki886 wrote:
Besides da Boss, the gun grabbers in Congress have already started their attack last week on the 2nd Amendment again. It's getting less effective. Why? Because "we" can't even keep our Southern borders secure or refuse to. So how is anyone going to control 200 million fire arms in the legal possession of law abiding gun owners around the nation?

So far, Obama has been the greatest salesman of firearms and ammunition in the history of our country. Every time he opens his mouth about the 2nd Amendment, gun and ammo sales skyrocket through the roof. My guess this time when it's so close to election, he won't bring up any gun grabbing issues. What do you think?


on July 23,2012 | 12:01PM
honolulugal wrote:
So, are you agreeing to assault weapons and hundreds rounds of ammo bought off the internet? What's the purpose, in your opinon, to have these things. You really tihink that Iran or Russiia are going to attack us on the ground with their weapons? I think more that it'll be bombs and nuclear attacks. Oh, yeah, maybe the attacker in the theater could have been shot down by someone with a gun. Right, with all the bullet proof stuff he was wearing. Did you or any other pro-gun person think of that? I have a feeling that the perpetrator did.
on July 23,2012 | 12:35PM
tiki886 wrote:
It is not the type or look of a firearm or its magazine capacity that is the issue. Freedom and the 2nd Amendment is the issue. And yes, if everyone had a gun in the theater, I think more people would not have lost their lives. Have you ever been to Kokohead Shooting Range? Cowards like these don't show up where other people are armed. They show up where people are not likely to shoot back. At close range, nothing is bulletproof. His head would have made a lovely target.

All citizens in Switzerland are required to carry an assault rifle and hand gun and the killings per 100,000 of population is less than 1. It is about 10 per 100,000 in the US. It is a matter of policy and culture that it works well in Switzerland. Requiring every American to be armed would make us a very polite society indeed. Just like at the shooting range.


on July 23,2012 | 01:21PM
tiki886 wrote:
Meanwhile, in Chicago, the death count since the start of the year is 274 and they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country. If all 274 had happened in one day, we'd have a whole different perspective. As it was, 35 happened in a weekend. And Mayor Rahm Emmanuel came out and pleaded for the gang baangers, to "Leave the kids alone. Go take your stuff to the alley but leave the kids alone." That was lame but at least he hasn't suggested any gun grabbing yet.
on July 23,2012 | 11:44AM
honolulugal wrote:
"tiki886 wrote: It is not the type or look of a firearm or its magazine capacity that is the issue. Freedom and the 2nd Amendment is the issue. And yes, if everyone had a gun in the theater, I think more people would not have lost their lives. Have you ever been to Kokohead Shooting Range? Cowards like these don't show up where other people are armed. They show up where people are not likely to shoot back. At close range, nothing is bulletproof. His head would have made a lovely target. All citizens in Switzerland are required to carry an assault rifle and hand gun and the killings per 100,000 of population is less than 1. It is about 10 per 100,000 in the US. It is a matter of policy and culture that it works well in Switzerland. Requiring every American to be armed would make us a very polite society indeed. Just like at the shooting range" How does it make any sense that we should carry guns to protect ourselves from those carrying guns. And that we should arm ourselves against assualt weapons from a man that is covered with bullet proof clothing? Even if (which as I said doesn't make sense) armed movie goers could have resulted in fewer deahs and injuries, that still doesn't eliminate deaths and injuires which could have been prevented in the first place if the man could'n't get the assualt weapons and tons of ammos in the first place.
on July 23,2012 | 02:01PM
tiki886 wrote:
You don't think warped individuals wouldn't resort to other means such as fertilizer bombs and mail bombs like the UNABOMBER? As I said before, nothing at close range is totally bullet proof and if you are still moving after being shot, there is always your head that becomes a nice target.

However, I get your point. It's difficult to think, to change ones perspective about arming yourself in public (legally) and yet wouldn't it have been comforting and convenient to have say, a 2 shot derringer at your side when this chaos erupted at an unexpected time and place?

It's better to be judged by 12 than be carried by 6.


on July 23,2012 | 04:34PM
Toneyuki wrote:
When you outlaw guns, only outlaws have guns. We have the second amendment to not only protect our country from "Iran or Russia". The number one reason that we have the second amendment is because our founding fathers rightly believed that every person has the right to protect their life, liberty, family and property. To protect ones life, liberty, family and property the most effective way is to be armed. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her own pantyhose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.


on July 23,2012 | 05:49PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So Switzerland has 10 times less homicides then USA but USA had 100 times more guns then Switzerland so the swiss has a second amendment? It works there ,it don't work here! We are a different breed.
on July 23,2012 | 03:58PM
tiki886 wrote:
Of course it works in America. It's been law for over 200 years! It's been the Swiss policy since WWII. Common sense should tell you that the number of guns is not the issue although it is a compelling figure. It is the character of who owns the weapon and how they respect it and guard it and ultimately use it.
on July 23,2012 | 04:22PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Actually it does work here. Compare crime rates across the country to gun control. The more gun control, the higher the crime rates. Washington DC, and Chicago are prime examples.
on July 23,2012 | 05:51PM
tiki886 wrote:
Meanwhile, in Chicago, the death count since the start of the year is 274 and they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

If all 274 had happened in one day, we'd have a whole different perspective. As it was, 35 happened in a weekend. And Mayor Rahm Emmanuel came out and pleaded for the gang baangers, to "Leave the kids alone. Go take your stuff to the alley but leave the kids alone." That was lame but at least he hasn't suggested any gun grabbing yet.


on July 23,2012 | 11:47AM
honopic wrote:
You refer to the 2nd Amendment, but I seriously doubt you have even read it. Allow me to enlighten you: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." It was ratified in 1791, when "arms" meant flintlock, muzzle-loaded, single shot rifles for hunting, protection from wild animals and hostiles, and, if necessary, defense in in case of an invasion by the British or other foreign enemy. It did NOT mean automatic weapons and 6,000 rounds of ammunition! And "militia" meant citizen-soldiers, not nut cases who could buy as many guns as they want over a two-month period. As for your absurd comment about the Liberal "Left" and films "debasing our culture" do you seriously believe those movies were created by someone's wild imagination? Gun massacres have been part of our history since at least the 1920's, when gangland violence was rampant and access to "tommy guns" and other automatic weapons was easy. Does the St. Valentine's Day massacre ring a bell? Or, more recently, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood? How about the Xerox massacre in 1999, when Byran Uyesugi killed 7 people in the worst mass murder in the history of Hawai'i?
on July 23,2012 | 03:56PM
tiki886 wrote:
Let's not argue about the 2nd Amendment because it is already law and continues to be the law of the land. And there is no way to confiscate what is in the hands of law abiding citizens at this point in time, except to pry it "from my cold dead hands." Now if you want to discuss the motivation for these mass senseless killings, that is another subject. Gangland violence is based in greed and corruption just as the 50,000 deaths in Mexico is due to the drug trade in recent years. Separate your belief in the motivation of these killings from criminal conspiracy and senseless massacre and we may be able to discuss the issue.
on July 23,2012 | 04:52PM
Toneyuki wrote:
You should try and comprehend what the second amendment says.

They specifically said "arms" because they were smart enough to realize that arms change over time. The God given right to bear arms is NOT to protect the country from foreign enemies, although that is part of it. The right to bear arms is to be able to protect your life, family, liberty and property from those that would try and confiscate unjustly. Be they criminals, corrupt officials, or foreign invaders.


on July 23,2012 | 05:57PM
tiki886 wrote:
Correct! Enemies foreign and domestic.
on July 23,2012 | 07:11PM
Kaaawa wrote:
Maybe he though the fashion police were after him.
on July 23,2012 | 10:21AM
Kaaawa wrote:
Sorry, "thought", don't want the spelling police to get me.
on July 23,2012 | 10:24AM
kapoleidude1 wrote:
what do i mean they are "considering" asking for the death penalty???!!!! whats there to consider....this guy should get 1st degree murder and the death penalty...case closed!!
on July 23,2012 | 07:21AM
tiki886 wrote:
So should Byron Uesugi but hey, we live in a Liberal State.
on July 23,2012 | 12:59PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
The guy should have shot himself and saved us the trouble of giving him the needle. I guess the freak wants his day in court.
on July 23,2012 | 07:52AM
likewise wrote:
He wants his 15 minutes of infamy. I wish the name and picture of these people would not be broadcast. He should just be referred to as an unnamed gunman with no pictures posed. There is usually some element of attention seeking behavior with these psycho's. He's probably hoping some serieal killer groupies will show up at the trial like they did with Richard Ramirez.
on July 23,2012 | 08:39AM
honolulugal wrote:
I think the underlying reason for these kind of killers is really an anti-social thing. Just like the Colombine killers. They don't fit in (in their own minds) and take it out on what they consider normal folks who have what they just can't seem to acheive. That and combined with some kind of personality disorder which makes them oblivous to the feelings of anyone other than themselves.
on July 23,2012 | 08:51AM
aomohoa wrote:
You are so write likewise!
on July 23,2012 | 08:52AM
aomohoa wrote:
An eye for an eye!
on July 23,2012 | 08:52AM
aomohoa wrote:
I can't imagine having to defend this monster.
on July 23,2012 | 08:47AM
Grimbold wrote:
Seems the guy was schizo. Schizos should be off the street.Any person who sees reality totally sistorted is dangerous. Honolulu had its share of bizarre murders by Iinsanes. But a deluded culture of "Freedom" lets them roam around until they kill someone.
on July 23,2012 | 09:00AM
tiki886 wrote:
Now don't be blaming Jeremy Lin for this. And I wish you and da Boss would stop blaming the US Constitution for this as well.
on July 23,2012 | 11:37AM
tiki886 wrote:
Meanwhile, in Chicago, the death count since the start of the year is 274 and they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

If all 274 had happened in one day, we'd have a whole different perspective. As it was, 35 happened in a weekend. And Mayor Rahm Emmanuel came out and pleaded for the gang bangers, to "Leave the kids alone. Go take your stuff to the alley but leave the kids alone." That was lame but at least he hasn't suggested any gun grabbing yet.


on July 23,2012 | 11:25AM
tiki886 wrote:
Meanwhile, in Chicago, the death count since the start of the year is 274 and they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country.

If all 274 had happened in one day, we'd have a whole different perspective. As it was, 35 happened in a weekend. And Mayor Rahm Emmanuel came out and pleaded for the gang baangers, to "Leave the kids alone. Go take your stuff to the alley but leave the kids alone." That was lame but at least he hasn't suggested any gun grabbing yet.


on July 23,2012 | 11:26AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Why is it that pychos like this go silent and the victims familes have to endure a lengthy trial instead of just saying "I did it" and sparing them the bloody details?
on July 23,2012 | 11:29AM
honolulugal wrote:
I heard the alleged perpetrator's familly's attorney on the news. Wow, she came off as totally cold and non-caring.. She didn't do the family any favors.
on July 23,2012 | 11:42AM
lowtone123 wrote:
I mean psychos...I don't want the spelling police to after me too.
on July 23,2012 | 11:30AM
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on July 23,2012 | 11:57AM
Toneyuki wrote:
He was a radical soldier of Alah.
on July 23,2012 | 06:02PM
cojef wrote:
Condolences to family of the victims and pray for the parents of the accused. They tried their best to do the right thing, unfortunately it didn't turn out as one expected. The ironies of raising children in this day and age is frightening. Of course the quickness of media coverage portray the tragedy much more graphically, causing one senses to react with vehement. Senseless behavior as is in this tragedy is undetectable or predictable and therein is the problem without a solution.
on July 23,2012 | 01:39PM
CloudForest wrote:
Perfect example of the need for the righteous amongst us to have canceled weapons. Everywhere and all of the time.
on July 23,2012 | 01:55PM
tiki886 wrote:
You mean a "concealed" weapon? I'm with you bruddah.
on July 23,2012 | 04:58PM
soundofreason wrote:
Texas is a good example. In the early 1990s, Texas’s serious crime rate was 38 percent above the national average. Since then, serious crime in Texas has dropped 50 percent faster than for the nation as a whole. All this happened after passage of a concealed-carry law in 1994.
on July 23,2012 | 07:36PM
ezridah wrote:
Let Hellrider have a few minutes with this guy....for the innocents... he will feel the fear and pain each victim went through...
on July 23,2012 | 02:18PM
monizjm wrote:
What's with the mindless bickering about grammar and spell check. The main focal point is this man who killed all those people. I agree with you sok808, it's too late for the "why did he..." "maybe if we did this he would not have done that..." I don't feel that people should have the right or say to judge who should live or die, but if this man was as careless about it, then he should give his life for those he had murdered. Many blessings to the families that are suffering from loss and recovery. May light and love surround you all.
on July 23,2012 | 06:06PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Why did he do it? Plain and simple, there is NO logical reason. It is nothing more than PURE EVIL that motivated and made him commit the dispicable horrible evil act.
on July 23,2012 | 09:51PM
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