James Holmesstill sporting his wild mane of red hair today turned up to court wide eyed, despondent and swaying erratically as he sat shackled to face preliminary hearings.
nytimes: The defendant, James E. Holmes, said nothing as he sat through a brief, largely procedural hearing in which he was informed of his rights and the likelihood that he would face first-degree murder charges.
Mr. Holmes, whose hair was dyed reddish-orange, appeared impassive during the proceeding, staring down toward the floor, his eyes sometimes opened wide, sometimes nearly closed. One of his public defenders had to nudge him to stand up when the judge entered the courtroom.
According to the Denver Post it is surmised that lawyer’s for Holmes would likely pursue an insanity defense.
Offered former Adams County District Attorney Bob Grant:
‘You just have to imagine that there is something in his psychiatric makeup that will be exploited by his defense team. I don’t know what the hell else they are going to say.’
Offered legal analyst, Scott Robinson:
‘If in fact he is sane, it’s a hopeless case for the defense. ‘They caught him literally gunpowder-handed with his weapons, with his tactical gear.’
David Lane, a lawyer who has represented 25 people charged with death-penalty offenses, added: ‘There are some crimes, the nature of which just scream out ‘crazy.’ This is one of those cases.’
Other psychologists told ABC News it’s likely that Holmes was living in an alternate reality driven by delusions, which may have fueled him as he bought weapons, 6,000 rounds of ammunition and riot gear in the months before Friday’s attack.
Still undecided as to what course of action she will take, Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers offered that she would talk to victims and relatives on whether to pursue the death penalty against Holmes.
Jailors for Jason Holmes also intimate that Holmes has still not stepped out of character and still believes himself to be the joker, then again perhaps that might be the best recourse the young man has as the enormity of the consequences of his actions are starting to become stark and apparent as he now sits in a courtroom with the world’s press desperately anxious for answers. What answers will Jason Holmes offer if he can not even find any for himself….?