Skip to comments.Colorado shooting suspect appears in court, while prosecutors consider death penalty
Posted on 07/23/2012 2:07:54 PM PDT by Ron C.
The man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at the opening of the new Batman movie appeared Monday in court for the first time.
James Holmes, 24, who is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others inside a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colo., will be formally charged next Monday. He is being held without bond.
Holmes, who did not speak, sat in a maroon jailhouse jumpsuit as the judge advised him of the case. He appeared wide-eyed with bright reddish orange hair.
Holmes has been held in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility since Friday. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and he could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations.
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Immediate Execution should be swift, precise, and final in cases like this. We could free up a lot of Prison space by EXECUTING those on Death Row, and stop wasting time on frivolous Appeals.
I say let him escape. Just be sure to let folks know first...
I doubt he’d make it two blocks. Sure would save us a boatload of money. And you know, it would be cathartic.
Chicks did red-haired boys!
Colo has the death penalty.
They’ve executed one person since 76.
It will cost the state 10s of millions to process him over the next decade.
Very unfortunate he didn’t get taken down at the site.
Didn't we used to believe that 'Justice delayed is injustice' back in this nation's not-too-long-ago history?
If he gets to play the Joker, can we play Pol Pot?
I predict he will plead insanity and will not face the death penalty.
This is not justice.
He doesn’t appear to be insane to me. He looks like a calculating serial killer.
I think it should be done quietly, with no fanfare...like an animal.
I really think this
"SUSPECT" MURDERER was putting on the best insane, nut job, crazy look he could muster up.
Maybe some one should look to see if this MURDERER looked up the penalty of committing this MURDEROUS CRIME!
I personally think if he was as GENIUS as the media puts him out to be that he had to look into this.
He’s almost an example of reverse evolution. In his high school pic he looks like an ordinary, clean cut high school student. Come college he’s beginning to look scruffy with a minimal beard and weird smirk. Then come the dating site pic and this one, all of them showing a person who appears to be going downhill faster and faster.
Psychotic? Maybe. Consider that sleep deprivation can also cause and mimic psychosis. I reckon he did not sleep the night before the attack at the very least, what with all the anticipation and making sure he didn't forget to lay any traps or pack rounds. So, let's say he had not slept since Tuesday night. By the following Monday morning the lack of sleep, on top of all the intervening affairs and drug abuse, this could conceivably induce psychosis, and not necessarily of organic disease in nature. Or they could have him loaded on anti-psychotics which would give him this whack appearance.
Lastly, he might be a fine ac-tor.
He’s faking it!
I was at the Doctor’s office this morning and saw him getting arraigned on TV. From my perspective he had the look of someone who was stunned that this was happening. I don’t think he planned on going to jail at all. He just chickened out once he saw what a bullet riddled body looked like and didn’t want that to happen to him.
In a few years, we will be reading stories about women writing to him and proposing marriage.
“Colorado shooting suspect appears in court, while prosecutors consider death penalty”
Let me get this straight
Someone shoots 70 people, kills 12 of them, and the prosecutors “consider” whether the case warrants capital punishment?
To me, this is more indicative of how depraved our society and legal system has become, than the despicable actions of the lunatic himself .
I’d say put him down, but:
1. some say it would be difficult for a kid to get his hands on all the weapons he had. He may have had access to a lab on campus, but even so...
2. consider the history of this administration—Fast and Furious especially— and consider ‘bam’s interest in drone assassinations.
3. Finally, there’s Bill Ayer’s history and current association with OWS.
I think it was a mistake to put down Timothy McVeigh; maybe a few years in a cell might have changed his mind about cooperating with investigations.
I predict he will plead insanity and will not face the death penalty.
Looks to me like he is going for the Ronald McDonald defense.
There was that small issue
of the explosives in his apartment.
If he'd been killed,
then the cops would not have been told
about the booby traps
God Knows how many more people
would have been killed or maimed
I've heard it argued that he is psychotic
I doubt that, in that the planning and execution
of this mayhem required a high degree of
organizational skills and initiative
Psychotic persons can't maintain Cognitive Organization
More likely he is just plain Evil
Did anyone try to prove or disprove McVeigh’s claim that he had been implanted with a chip?
The mother of Holmes is now saying the media got it wrong about her comment. Not surprised. I thought it sounded weird.
You have the right person was in response to whether she was his Mother.
There is also a lot of mixed messages right now in the research on his father. The name is common so you have to sort through his history.
Hes faking it!
I suspect you’re right. The thing that stands out is how quickly his mother identified him as the monster. The other thing is how he dropped out of the highly advanced, high pressure PHD honors program just after his orals. I suspect he had a well hidden, advancing mental illness that his family knew about and concealed, hoping it would get better. Horribly, tragically, it got worse, far worse. I also suspect there will be may years of litigation and no death sentence that’s ever executed.
Someone wanted the patsy to look like this.
That's evidently not exactly what happened.
The reason we are here is that the media has been attributing certain statements to Arlene Holmes and taking her comments out of context, lawyer Lisa Damiani said.
In the statement read Monday by Damiani, Arlene Holmes clarified that she had been awoken by a reporter at 5:45 a.m. on Friday, and asked if she knew anything about a shooting in Aurora. Holmes said she did not, and Arlene Holmes said the reporter asked if she was Arlene Holmes and if her son was James Holmes.
In the written statement, Arlene Holmes says that is when she responded with, Yes, you have the right person, referring to herself. Arlene Holmes said the reporter asked for a comment about the shooting in Aurora, but that she could not comment until she knew learned more, and if the person involved was in fact her son.
My guess is the court will order a psych exam (pretty standard in these kinds of cases) and then we'll see what the experts say. Again, just a layman's option, but based on those pictures it sure looks like there is a very lost personality in there somewhere (not that it excuses mass killing).
option—>opinion (hit the POST button too fast)
Sounds like, as usual, TERRIBLE journalism. Well, what passes for journalism.
I learned all about that in elementary school (back in the mid 60s) when some reporter from the local paper came to interview some 1st graders on their very 1st day of school and I was one of the kids that got chosen. When we got late edition of the paper that evening, not only did I find out the reporter totally misquoted me, but the picture they published of me was terrible, it made it look like I was picking my nose which I wasnt, I was scratching an itch or brushing some hair back, I dont remember. Anyway I never trusted the press after that.
Historically, many geniuses are freaking nutballs.
The guy probably thinks that like The Joker he will soon escape.
Is that where they strap you to a chair and make you listen to senators speechifying?
That stinks, but a good lesson to learn early.
Lizard guy caught young.
Is he a lizard guy or what?
I’ve known more than a few of these types that didn’t have parents or community to steer them out of constant mayhem.
I'm not familiar with PhD programs, but if he had failed his orals, would they have given him the option of voluntarily withdrawing rather than being officially kicked out?
If this guy failed that type of exam and hadn't tried again, my guess is the failure just pushed him over the edge and he was quitting on his own initiative. Since he was unable to get a job in the field with an undergraduate degree (which is usually the case in a scientific field) maybe he felt he was at a dead end in terms of his dreams, and just broke down. I don't know, I'm guessing, of course, but I have seen any number of people wash out of degree programs and get pretty despondent about it, although none went out and shot anybody, fortunately.
Thanks for your reply.
He can always try out for the prison Stone Temple Pilots Tribute Band.
As we say out here, “If he was a horse, I wouldn’t walk behind him.”
[or “He’s got snakes.”]
Maybe he’s in shock because somebody finally told him he should’ve used green hair dye and he’s embarrassed to death.
Then he’ll be The Smoker.
There is a little bit of fear in there. I cant pinpoint it but I can see it. I dont think that all of this was in his master plan.
Damn details bite you in the ass every time!