James Holmes was formally charged today for the July 20th shooting spree that left 12 dead and 58 wounded at a midnight showing of “Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colo.
The med school dropout also faces 116 counts of attempted murder, one count of possession of explosives and one for committing a crime of violence.
If convicted, Holmes could spend the rest of his life in prison or land on death row. The district attorney has not made a decision on whether to pursue the death penalty. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 16.
Photographers were banned from the courtroom, but the Los Angeles Times reports that Holmes looked calm and his wild Joker-red hair was tamed a bit.
The Sun of London says that Holmes dye-job was actually inspired by a prostitute he was sleeping with in the months before the massacre.
“He liked to touch my hair, and he told me the color was good. When I saw after the shootings that he dyed his hair red, it sent a chill down my spine,’’ Monica Hall, 25, told the Sun of London.
Holmes had reportedly developed a local hooker habit and even reviewed the prostitutes online.