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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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61.

Agakhan    

Stopp writing "Live" when it´s NOT.

825 days ago
62.

Cherie    

He looks like Ronald McDonald, but he wasn't clowning around!!! Watching him makes me cringe :*(

825 days ago
63.

Alyssa    

He looks like a f ing clown. Hope the prisoners are allowed access to him by a "careless" guard.

825 days ago
64.

Honeys Booboo    

Ronald McDonald is innocent, I say.
The Hamburgler planned the whole thing.
Grimace drove the get-a-way car...
...and Mayor McCheese is just grandstanding.

825 days ago
65.

Kimo    

He's acting crazy, so he will get an insanity plea...hence Ronald Reagan's shooter who was let out...THAT'S INSANITY! I would quit the public defenders office before I represented him

825 days ago
66.

Kari    

I HOPE EVERYONE ON TMZ STARTS DISCUSSING THE COWARD JAMIE ROHRS, THE MAN WHO STEPPED OVER HIS BABY, THEN JUMPED FROM THE BALCONY, RAN OUT OF THE THEATER AND DROVE AWAY, "HOPING" HIS GIRLFRIEND, THEIR 4 YEAR OLD, AND TINY BABY GOT OUT. LUCKILY, A 19 YEAR OLD HERO STAYED AND HELPED THEM GET OUT.

825 days ago
67.

Joao    

This is the Obama Era, we wouldn't want to hurt a murderer instead we'll just THINK of the victims.

825 days ago
68.

CriticXtreme    

At this point, you can't act normal and he's smart enough to play the role of a bad Jack Nicholson or a person with a severe neurological disorder. Crazy no, maybe he just wanted to be "famous" and have his 15 minutes of fame like more of these morons of this generation want. He's too smart to be stupid and to smart to be crazy. In Hollyweird, his courtroom behavior would be called "acting". He's going to make the court systems and media very rich.

825 days ago
69.

JMP    

What a disturbed person... I can not believe nobody saw any signs... maybe people clsoe to such people, that go on a murder rampage from one day to the next tend to not take warning signs seriously??? So sad. I can not even imagine what it feels like to lose a loved one to such a tragedy.... so senseless

825 days ago
70.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

I don't think that's any kind of sedative. It appears that he hasn't slept. GOOD!!! I hope he sees the faces of those he killed every time he closes his pathetic eyes. I hope he develops a case of extreme guilt and that it eats him alive. He doesn't deserve the breath that he is breathing!!!

825 days ago
71.

News Flash     

It's called Acting...that SOB is putting on like he's crazy.

825 days ago
72.

ShannonMacri    

People act like mass shootings are a new thing since Columbine in 1999. Mass shootings have been happening since the early 70's and were more regular by the early 80's. I hope one day they ban guns in this other country like in other countries. It's sad but it's bound to happen in the next 10 years. "THE RIGHT TO BARE ARMS" IN OUR CONSTITUTION wasn't intended for freaks like this 200 years ago. We need to change this law.

825 days ago
73.

Joy    

For all of those commenting on these stories: Stop bitching and complaining about TMZ writing them. The more comments and page views you rack up, the more stories are written... Sort of hypocritical. You have no qualms coming to the site to comment on this trash... here's an idea... DONT GO TO TMZ.COM and click on the link to the story in the first place. With that being said, this guy is totally faking insanity. He knows exactly what hes doing, especially being a neoroscientist... He actually has the gall to act bewildered in the courtroom and if I were the families of one of his many victims, it would only infuriate me further.

825 days ago
74.

susan    

Defendant was pretending ......great way to look like a wounded animal......he must have been practicing

825 days ago
75.

Laurie    

Looks like someone is going for the insanity defense, really playing up the crazy act, isn't he?

825 days ago
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