James Holmes, 24, the former neuroscience Ph.D. student accused of opening fire at a midnight premiere of Christopher Nolan's new The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, made his first appearance today in a Colorado court room, facing Chief Judge William Sylvester, who presided over the hearing, a preliminary one to Holmes' formal arraignment.

Holmes said nothing in the courtroom, looking down much of the time, occasionally dropping his head and closing his eyes. A few hours later, officials were releasing Holmes' mug shot from the early Friday arrest, featuring the shock of dyed orange hair that he had sported to presumably call to mind the character of the Joker, a role played in previous films by Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger.

Attorney Tamara Brady, a public defender, sat next to Holmes in the Centennial, Colorado court room. Holmes has not yet been formally charged with the shooting of 71 people at the movie premiere. The judge set July 30 as the date for formal filing of charges against Holmes, reports the Washington Post.

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