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Dazed and Confused: James Holmes Appears in Court

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The Daily Banter headline grab from USA Today:

The suspect in the Colorado shootings appeared in court for the first time Monday with dyed red-orange hair looking groggy as his eyes drooped shut during the brief proceeding.

Unshaven and wearing a burgundy jailhouse top, James Eagan Holmes, 24, sat motionless and didn't say anything as the judge advised him he is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.

The former graduate student is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 when he started shooting at a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie early Friday.

Holmes appeared in court shackled in a chain that bound his legs and hands. Authorities say Holmes is refusing to cooperate and it could take months to learn what prompted the attack.

Carol Chambers, district attorney in the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe County, said after the hearing that "there's no such thing as a slam-dunk case."

She said prosecutors have not decided whether they will seek the death penalty. That decision could take at least two months and will be made after discussions with the surviving victims and the relatives of all victims.

"There's so much that victims have to take into account," she said, adding that victims are affected when the death penalty is sought because it becomes a long process that affects their lives.

Chambers said it could take a year before the case goes to trial. Holmes is scheduled to be arraigned on formal charges on July 30.

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