James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people in Aurora, Colo., appeared in court with dyed reddish-orange hair, and a prison jumpsuit that concealing a bulletproof vest.
The criminal kept silent in the courtroom looking down, his head drooping at times. His demeanor ranged from a glassy bug-eyed stare to appearing to be nodding off, reports ABC News.
“He’s not in this courtroom mentally,” former FBI profiler Brad Garrett, an ABC News analyst, suggested.
“He’s elsewhere. He’s in some alternative reality that he’s created. I also think that there’s a combination of the reality of what has happened to him has set in, as to what it’s done to himself as well as to the victims.”
There were more than 40 relatives of the victims on the left side of the courtroom. One man seated in the front row of the gallery glared at Holmes throughout the proceedings.
When Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester asked James Holmes, 24, a question, he didn’t reacted and his attorney answered for him.
Holmes’s behavior angered the members of victims’ families of the shooting. Some stared at him the entire hearing, including Tom Teves, whose son, Alex, was killed in the attack.
“I saw the coward in court today and Alex could have wiped the floor with him without breaking a sweat,” said Teves, whose son, a physical therapist, were killed while rescuing his girlfriend.
“You shot a 6-year-old. Come on give me a break. You’re dressed in full combat gear, immediately surrender. Come on. Pick on some guys who know how to use guns,” Teves added.
“He protected me. My baby didn’t hesitate. I was very confused, and he didn’t hesitate,” a tearful Amanda Lindgren, the girlfriend of 24-year-old Alex Teves also 24, told reporters.
Holmes will face formal charges from prosecutors on July 30, and District Attorney Carol Chambers revealed that her office is considering the death penalty against him, writes The Huffington Post.
“If the death penalty is sought, that’s a very long process that impacts [victims and family members] for years,” she said.
The crime includes several elements of Colorado capital case law, including premeditation, multiple victims, and the killing of a child, said former Denver prosecutor Craig Silverman.
“If James Holmes isn’t executed, Colorado may as well throw away its death penalty law,” he said.
“I think would be justice,” said David Sanchez, whose son-in-law Caleb Medely, 23, who survived a shot in the head but is in critical condition.
“When it’s your own daughter, and she escaped death by mere seconds, it really makes you angry,” Sanchez said outside the courthouse.
District Court Judge William Sylvester forbade any contact of Holmes with victims or witnesses.
Earlier Monday, officials said the alleged killer was not cooperating with the investigation as he refused to answer questions about the shooting.
Police predict that it will likely be at least a year before Holmes could go on trial.
“He has harmed so many people,” Police Chief Daniel Oates said. “Not only the victims, but all of their extended families. So I think it will be very hard.”