James Holmes Appears in Court

Public gets first look at alleged killer since Aurora shooting
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2012 10:56 AM CDT
James Holmes is shown in a photo tweeted by CBS News.   (https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/227428007147610113/photo/1)

(Newser) – The world got its first look at James Holmes since the 24-year-old allegedly killed 12 people in a movie theater shooting at the Dark Knight Rises premiere. He appeared in court for the first time today with red/orange hair, and the AP calls him "wide-eyed and unshaven as he sat staring down," often blinking rapidly. In a livestream, 9News.com discussed Holmes' vacant appearance, and CNN says his "expression … changed little" and he was "mostly … staring off into space."

CBS News tweeted a photo of Holmes. Formal filing of charges is one week from today, but a Colorado district attorney says it will probably be at least a year before Holmes stands trial, since it will take months to decide whether to pursue the death penalty, the AP reports.

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