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James Eagan Holmes in court

James Eagan Holmes in court

On July 23, 2012, James Eagan Holmes, the suspected perpetrator of a mass shooting at a cinema in Aurora, made his first court appearance in Centennial before Judge William B. Sylvester. Outside the courthouse, a growing number of reporters and curious onlookers gathered to have a glimpse of James Eagan Holmes.

James Eagan Holmes made his first court appearance in Centennial with reddish-orange hair because he is a big fan of Batman. His voicemail message was said to have been inspired by the distinctive, deep voice that is characteristic of Christian Bale’s Batman-performance.

On July 23, 2012, Judge William B. Sylvester was read the right of James Holmes and no bail was given. The judge issued a mandatory protection order and appointed a public defender.

Holmes said nothing and never looked at the judge. The courtroom was completely full, and a room was open to accommodate the number of reporters from around the world that went to report on his first court appearance.

Court reporters noted that James Eagan Holmes looked dazed, sleepy and confused during first court appearance in Centennial, Colorado, in front of Judge William B. Sylvester. Formal charges were scheduled to be filed on July 30, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. MDT.

Even James Holmes has no known prior criminal record. Prosecutors are considering whether to pursue the death penalty.

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