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Shooting suspect in court with orange-red hair
James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court, Monday, July 23, 2012, in... (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti,
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A former doctoral student accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at a showing of the new Batman movie appeared in court for the first time on Monday, but he didn't seem to be there at all.
James Holmes shuffled into court with his hands cuffed and his brown hair dyed orange-red — 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 in a maroon jailhouse jumpsuit, his eyes drooping as the judge advised him of the severity of the case. At one point, Holmes simply closed his eyes.
He didn't say a word. His attorneys did all the talking when the judge asked if he understood his rights.
Prosecutors said later they didn't know if Holmes was on medication. Authorities have said he is being held in isolation at the jail. Holmes' demeanor appeared to anger the relatives of some of the victims who attended the hearing. One woman's eyes welled up with tears.
The hearing was also the first confirmation that Holmes' hair was colored. Soon after the shooting, there were reports of his hair being red and that he called himself "The Joker" when he was arrested. "The Joker" is one of Batman's enemies in the fictional Gotham and has brightly colored hair.
It was not immediately known if he told officers that he was Batman's nemesis, however.
Investigators also found a Batman mask inside Holmes' apartment after they finished clearing the home 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 was clad in body armor and armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and handguns during the attack, was arrested shortly after in the parking lot. He is refusing to cooperate, authorities said. They said it could take months to learn what prompted the attack.
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