24-year-old Holmes, who was found outside a Colorado movie theater minutes after a masked gunman killed 12 people and injured 58 more during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, has yet to enter a plea of Guilty or Not Guilty in his case, and is being held indefinitely without bail.
A hearing was to be held this Thursday, November 15th, to discuss pretrial motions and media requests for information under state open records laws. But earlier in the week, Holmes' defense lawyers put in a request to keep Holmes out of court on Thursday, citing that the suspect had an "unspecified condition" that rendered him unable to attend the hearing. No details of James E. Holmes' so-called "condition" have been released at this time.
Arapahoe County District Judge William B. Sylvester has agreed to postpone the hearing to a later, unspecified date. Holmes, who is accused of killing the 12 theater attendees, has a constitutional right to be present at all hearings, which is why his lawyers argued that the case must be pushed further into the future.
Lawyers for the defendant claim that Holmes is, in fact, mentally ill. It is not yet known if he will enter an insanity plea at this time. At previous court appearances, the suspect has wavered between being very dazed, to being very alert. Some suspect that the troubled individual is under medication, but attorneys have refused to release any information in regards to his drug intake. It is known that James was seeing a psychiatrist before the time of the shooting.
It is not known when James E. Holmes condition may clear up, making him eligible to appear in court for pretrial motions. This is a case that could go on for a very long time.