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(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — James Holmes, the gunman accused of opening fire at a Colorado movie theater, appeared dazed in court Monday, seen in public for the first time since he allegedly killed 12 people and wounded another 58 during the showing of the new Batman movie.

Holmes, 24, appeared in court unshaven, with dyed reddish-orange hair, and a prison jumpsuit that appeared to conceal a bulletproof vest.

He said nothing in the courtroom and spent much of the hearing looking down, his head drooping at times.

Holmes was not arraigned Monday, but he is expected to return to court next week, where he will be formally charged and enter a plea.

Prosecutors are considering pursuing a death penalty case against Holmes. A decision on charging Holmes with capital murder has not yet been made, but Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers told reporters Monday she is talking with victims and their family members about it.

There are currently only three people on Colorado’s death row, and two of them were put there by Chambers and her team. The last execution took place in 1997.

Monday was the first time Holmes has been seen in public since his arrest following a deadly rampage at a midnight screening of the The Dark Knight Rises on Friday.

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