Holmes appears with defense attorney Tamara Brady in court, July 23, 2012.

*James Holmes, the suspect in the Colorado theater massacre, appeared in a Colorado courtroom today sporting red-orange hair and looking completely out of it. [Scroll down to watch.]


Arapahoe County District Court Judge William B. Sylvester advised Holmes of his Miranda rights and said that there was probable cause to continue to hold him without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder, reports the Associated Press.

Holmes was transported from his holding cell to the courtroom through an underground tunnel. He sat in a jury box next to Tamara Brady, a public defender, with shackled hands and feet and his eyes opening wide and closing. He did not speak.

He never looked in the direction of a gallery that included victims and their advocates.

The preliminary hearing lasted about 11 minutes. Holmes’ next court appearance is July 30, when he is expected to be charged.

A decision on whether to seek the death penalty could be weeks or months away, District Attorney Carol Chambers told reporters as she entered the courthouse.

“It will be a conversation we have with the victims before we make that decision,” Chambers said.

Holmes could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from the mass shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 people at an Aurora, Colo., screening of “Dark Knight Rises.”

Clad in full body armor, he surrendered to officers in a parking lot behind the cinema. Holmes did not resist arrest, but investigators have since described the former PhD student at the Univ. of Colorado-Denver medical school as uncooperative.