"Joker" Makes His First Appearance In Court
James Holmes, who identified himself to the police as the “Joker” from the Batman movies, is being charged with first degree murder and several other charges. Holmes was court while the charges were read against him, at times looking to be zoning out. Not blinking for long periods of time, and then shaking, blinking, and acting like he was snapping back to reality.
But it did not seem that he was paying too much attention in court, which was enough for the judge to continue to hold Holmes with no bond.
While in court, Holmes wore a county jail jumpsuit and appeared with multiple shades of red and orange colors in his hair.
The numbers stand at 12 dead and 58 wounded, with nine of those in critical condition. He will be back in court on Monday July 30 at 9:30 AM Mountain Time (11:30 AM Eastern Time), to have the charges formally read and filed against him.
The prosecution has not yet determined if they will seek the death penalty, saying that there is no such thing as a slam dunk case. They are sifting through the mounds of evidence provided to them. They will also consult the victims and families of the victims to determine if this should or will be a capitol case.
After the hearing was over, Holmes was taken back to the county jail, where he is being held in isolation, presumably for his own safety.