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James Holmes

STRANGE BEHAVIOR

In Colorado Court

7/23/2012 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Dark Knight" shooter James Holmes appeared in court moments ago ... sporting red-orange hair ... a red jumpsuit ... and a very bizarre demeanor.

Holmes was informed he will be charged with FIRST DEGREE MURDER for killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater on Friday.  The formal charges are expected to be filed soon.

Holmes appeared sedated in court -- constantly opening his eyes widely ... and then appearing to doze off while the judge was speaking.

At one point, he began to blink wildly. 

Holmes did not say a word during the hearing.

The judge informed Holmes that he will be kept in custody on a no-bail hold due to the egregious nature of the crimes he's been accused of committing.

Holmes has been forbidden from contacting any of the victims or their families.

Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers addressed the media outside of the courthouse ... and said prosecutors have NOT decided if they will pursue the death penalty.

Prosecutors also said they do not know if Holmes was on any kind of medication during the hearing.

Prosecutors believe Holmes' trial won't start until a year from now.

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31.

Erick    

He is probably going through some kind of drug withdrawal.

824 days ago
32.

customcalendars4u2    

Dayuuuuuum, they got him Sedated and Incoherent like a Mutha Fu*ka!! Look like he having an outta body experience,but see they should have MADE him be mentally present to acknowledge his crime in respect to the many victims....

824 days ago
33.

PJ in Texas    

Crappy video and audio feed TMZ

824 days ago
34.

Lekili    

Do everyone a favor here, especially the victims family members, fry him and get it over with. There is so much to be said for the smoking gun, do away with the trial and go for the sentencing phase, spare the families.

824 days ago
35.

Tonya    

Effing a-hole. I hope he gets out of solitary confinement so the other inmates can take him out! Sorry, he does not deserve the process of justice!

824 days ago
36.

Jen    

His face is freaking me the **** out... D:

824 days ago
37.

joe blow    

hey tmz thanks for nothing that court room broadcast was a joke. you know for tmz being a front to the c.i.a. i guess we expect a little bit better quality of video.

one more example of how low budget tmz really is

824 days ago
38.

Sienna Sacha    

Now that I look at him, I think he's being framed. . ..no way someone with red hair did that. . we need to release OJ so he can find the real killer .

824 days ago
39.

Honeys Booboo    

Why so serious ?

824 days ago
40.

EatMe    

Doctors kill and harm way more patients through their gross medical malpractices than this guy. He only killed a handful in a grossly overpopulated world where we could stand to drop the population by a few billion. This isn't as big a travesty as it's being painted to be.

824 days ago
41.

karina    

Pretty much missed the entire thing due to the crappy feed!

824 days ago
42.

carguy615    

Why is this guy sedated..we do not need any mistakes or any reason for him to get off...by him being sedated he can argue he did not understand what was going on because they had him druged up.. and yes by all means TMZ stop showing this guy and limit your coverage don't do anything to make him famous..other media outlets should do the same.

824 days ago
43.

Melinda    

You do realize people that commenting on these posts (even just expressing your distaste that he's being paid so much attention) is actually showing TMZ that this is a hot enough topic to keep talking about right? If they see that there's hypothetically 200 comments on one article, even if half of them are complaining that just generates more stories? If you don't like these stories STOP commenting, easy as pie. I personally want to know what's going on with this case. Tmz doesn't read your comments but they def pay attention to the volume of comments.

824 days ago
44.

Lauren    

One last thing, please stop calling him the "Dark Knight" shooter. If you really must insist on calling him something, couldn't you call him the "Colorado shooter"
Don't give this monster the fame he wants by forever connecting his name with this film.

824 days ago
45.

BB not bb    

His lawyer looks very serious like she is going to try to do her best for him and the prosecution looks over the top like they will try to get every ounce from him they can. He looks scared to death, in shock and confused at times. I can't tell if he is on meds or just feels like passing out from the stress.

824 days ago
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