On Monday (July 23), alleged Colorado theater shooter James Holmes made his first appearance in a court room where a judge officially informed him he’s being held on suspicion of first-degree murder. Formal charges are due to be presented Monday, July 30.
Prosecutors have yet to decide if they will seek the death penalty for Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 at an opening night screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” It isn’t yet known whether he will seek an insanity defense, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Holmes, his dyed orange hair unkempt, sat dazed through the appearance. He’s been held in solitary confinement at a detention facility since he was apprehended by police on Friday. He wore shackles as he left the court room after the brief 15-minute appearance.
Holmes’ apartment, which had been booby-trapped, was searched over the weekend. Police recovered Batman mementos and posters. Officials say Holmes considered himself an arch-villian and part of the Batman mythology.