July 23rd, 2012
01:49 PM ET

James Holmes, Colorado theater shooting suspect first court appearance

James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shooting made his first court appearance Monday. Holmes is being held by police in connection to Friday's shooting rampage at the Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead, 58 injured and 17 hospitalized.

Holmes appeared in court today unshaven and with a blank stare during his introductory hearing. He is expected to be formally charged next Monday. Holmes was not granted bail due to the nature of the crime.

Erin Burnett in on assignment in Africa and will be back Tuesday with exclusive reporting from Mali. CNN's Don Lemon is LIVE in Aurora, Colorado with continuing coverage of the theater shooting.

Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront at 7p ET.

Colorado theater shooting suspect makes first court appearance

The man accused of opening fire Friday in a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, made his first court appearance Monday, giving the public its first look at the 24-year-old former doctoral candidate since his arrest.

James E. Holmes, his hair dyed various shades of red, looked downward, then straight ahead. He sat without blinking for long periods. At times, his eyes fluttered, then squeezed tight and reopened in a blank stare. Occasionally, his eyebrows arched, giving his face a mournful mien.

But the man who identified himself to police as "The Joker," dressed in a maroon jumpsuit over a white T-shirt, gave little indication that he was paying attention to the courtroom procedure that ensured he will be continue to be held without bond.

He is to be charged next Monday. Those charges are likely to include first-degree murder - an offense that carries a possible death penalty, if he is convicted - in the shooting deaths, given allegations over the weekend by police that there is evidence to suggest "calculation and deliberation" in the rampage.


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