James Holmes, Aurora CO Shooting Suspect Has First Hearing (Pic)
James Holmes, wide-eyed and unshaven, his head bobbing slightly, appeared not to speak during the brief hearing. He will be formally charged next Monday.
The man suspected in a horrific rampage at a Colorado movie theater last Friday that left 12 people dead and 58 injured made his first appearance in court Monday morning – an introductory hearing ahead of what is expected to be a slew of criminal charges.
James Eagan Holmes, 24, appeared before an Arapahoe County judge in Centennial, Colo., and was advised of the charges he is likely to face.
Sitting in the courtroom as the judge went over his case, Holmes, under his mop of dyed orange and red hair, showed no emotion but frequently opened his eyes wide only to close them, as if in a daze. He made no attempt to speak to his lawyer or to acknowledge any statement by the judge.
HLN's Dr. Drew said his daze like appearance may be due to being heavily medicated since he is refusing to cooperate with investigators. Holmes has been held in solitary confinement since the shooting. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and he could face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations.
Holmes began buying guns nearly two months before the shooting and recently bought 6,000 rounds of ammunition over the Internet, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said.
During the attack, Holmes allegedly set off gas canisters and used a semiautomatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol to open fire, Oates said.
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