James Holmes is being accused of killing 12 moviegoers and injuring 58 others in a shooting spree during the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado.
There are speculations that Holmes is influenced by Batman’s most popular villain–The Joker–when he entered a court for the first time on Monday, July 23, with dyed orange hair.
According to reports, Holmes appeared in a maroon jailhouse jumpsuit emotionless, sleepy, and sometimes his eyes staring out blankly as if he was in a daze. Security was also said to be extra tight last Monday as uniformed sheriff’s deputies were stationed outside, including on the roofs of both court buildings.
The suspect didn’t say a word as his attorneys did all the talking. But he is expected to enter a plea next Monday for his second court appearance. For now, he is being held in solitary confinement in the Arapahoe County jail without bail.
Prior to his court appearance, Holmes’ mugshot became viral on the net.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that Holmes told police that he was the Joker, Batman’s enemy in The Dark Knight.
“We have some information, most of it is public. It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was ‘The Joker,’ obviously the ‘enemy’ of Batman,” he said.