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Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes made his first appearance in court on Monday (July 23).
The 24-year-old former medical student was officially informed by a judge that he’s being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.
James appeared in court with his hair dyed orange and looking unkempt. He seemed dazed through the appearance and appeared to be putting on his own crazy act by constantly opening his eyes widely and then seemingly dozing off while the judge was speaking, also blinking widely at other times.
He left the court room following a brief 15-minute appearance in shackles. As reported over the weekend, James is being held in solitary confinement at a Colorado jail as other inmates have threatened to kill him.
Prosecutors have yet to decide if they will seek the death penalty for James, who stands accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 at an opening night screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” on Friday. Formal charges will be presented on Monday, July 30.
It’s now been days since the tragic mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado claimed 12 lives and left 59 others injured with gunshot wounds.
And of course more details are starting to come out about the sick murderer James Holmes who remains in police custody.
According to TMZ, James, a 24-year-old former medical student, actually opened up two online dating profiles just days before he committed his crimes.
Early last week, James opened up accounts on Match.com and AdultFriendFinder.com, and posted the above photos of himself with orange hair — the same color he had during his arrest — on his profiles. The most sickening part of this all? James’ headline message on both profiles was “Will you visit me in prison?”
Sources from the AFF website have confirmed to TMZ that the profile is authentic and did indeed belong to James, full name James Eagen Holmes. The IP address was traced back to Aurora, CO and the account info for the profile, a.k.a the address and DOB, matched up with James.
Highlights from the profile include James listing himself as single with an athletic body. He describes himself as a “light/social drinker” though in the section where he’s asked if he smokes or does drugs, he answered, “I’d prefer not to say.”
He also described himself as a straight man who was seeking a sexual relationship with “Women, Couples (man and woman), Groups or Couples (2 women).” James’ profile revealed he was interested in “Erotic Chat or Email, Discreet Relationship, 1-on-1 sex or Group sex (3 or more!)”
As for the latest, cops have revealed he is no longer talking and stopped cooperating almost immediately after his arrest.
The NY Daily News also reported that inmates at his Colorado jail are threatening to kill him. When it comes to his current status, a jail employee reveals James “hasn’t shown any remorse” while an unidentified inmate told the paper, “He was spitting at the door and spitting at the guards. He’s spitting at everything. Dude was acting crazy.”
The names of his 12 deceased victims were released yesterday with the youngest being a 6-year-old girl.
According to reports, the 24-year-old is a San Diego, CA native who has been living in Colorado for the last year. And despite the early reports claiming his vehicle’s license plates are from Tennessee, that report turned out to be false. Also false are the reports that he is a member of the Tea Party.
What we also know at this point is the 71 people were shot, and 12 have died.
James walked into the movie theater during the midnight screening of the Dark Knight. He set of a smoke bomb and then started shooting. Cops were later able to arrest him in the parking lot without resistant.
ABC News is also reporting that upon his arrest, James, who had his hair painted red, told cops he was “The Joker” a.k.a the enemy of Batman. James’ full name is James Eagen Holmes and he is said to be a former medical student at the University of Colorado.
We will continue to bring you updates as they become available.
UPDATE – Cops have reduced the number of those deceased from 14 to 12.
UPDATE #2 – The above photo of the shooter James Holmes has been released.
Here we go again. Some very heartbreaking news to report this morning as another mass shooting as occurred.
Police have arrested a 24-year-old suspect named James Holmes after 14 people were shot and killed during a late-night showing of The Dark Knight Rises at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, this morning.
NBC is confirming ten people died on the scene while four others died at nearby hospitals.
According to witnesses, the shooter, who was dressed in all black (with a bullet-proof vest on) and his face covered with a gas mask, kicked open an emergency exit door in the Century 16 theater.
The shooter first set off a tear gas or smoke bomb and then opened fire on the unsuspecting movie goers who first assumed it was a joke or part of the movie stunt. After shooting many of the victims, the shooter briefly ceased fire to reload his weapon.
NBC adds that the shooter told police he had explosives in his car as well as in his apartment in North Aurora, which has since been evacuated. No explosives were found in his car, which had a Tennessee license plate, though cops found another weapon.
Even more heartbreaking, many media outlets are reporting most of the victims were kids and teenagers. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims and their loved ones.
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