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'Dark Knight' Shooter

No More ORANGE Hair

9/20/2012 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

New James Holmes mug shot
James Holmes
is orange no more ... the "Dark Knight" shooter appeared in court this morning WITHOUT the bizarre dye job he was sporting on the night of the massacre in Aurora.

Holmes -- a natural brunette -- appeared in court for a hearing about a notebook he sent to a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado before the July shooting ... wearing a buzz cut.

0920_holmes_mug_beforeProsecutors have argued the notebook contains crucial information about Holmes' state of mind before the shooting -- but Holmes' defense attorneys said the information is protected under doctor-patient privilege, and shouldn't be released.

Prosecutors gave up their fight for the notebook today, saying they didn't want to delay proceedings any further.

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