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Colorado massacre suspect appears in first court hearing looking dazed, sleepy

Aurora, July 24 (): The man, James Holmes, blamed of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others in a gunfire rampage at a packed midnight showing of the new “Batman” film in a Denver suburb appeared in the court for the first time on Monday.
James Holmes looked sleepy and emotionless with his unruly hair dyed in shades of orange-red. He did not seem to be there at all.

During the brief hearing, he appeared tired, staring straight ahead and sometimes closing his eyes as if fighting off sleep. He was chained at the wrists and ankles.

Unshaven and virtually motionless, his eyes were drooping as the judge advised him of the severity of the case. At one point, Holmes simply closed his eyes. He never said a word.

Nearly 40 members of the victims’ families attended the hearing and were seated on the left side of the courtroom.

At the hearing the judge set a date of next Monday for formal charges to be filed.

Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said at least 24 first-degree murder charges are likely to be filed against Holmes. Under Arapahoe County’s double-list murder laws, and experts say more than 100 total charges are likely to be filed.

If there are any special circumstances, next Monday’s hearing may be postponed. It will take at least 60 days before Holmes will enter his appeal and Chambers indicated it will be the discretion of her office whether or not to seek the Death Penalty.

Police said they are still looking for a motive for the crime, which puzzled fellow students and associates, and have asked for help from the FBI’s behavioural analysis unit.

Holmes is in solitary imprisonment to guard him from other prisoners. Holmes had recently dropped out of a doctoral degree program in neuroscience at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical School.

University of Colorado officers refused to issue any significant particulars on Monday about their yearlong link with James Holmes.