James Holmes spits at guards (VIDEO)


Accused movie theater shooter James Holmes makes his first court appearance at the Arapahoe County on July 23, 2012 in Centennial, Colorado.


RJ Sangosti

James Eagan Holmes is spitting at his handlers, according to ABC News.

It’s the latest detail in a string of strange and unexplained behavior from the Aurora shooter.

For example, Holmes reportedly identified himself as the Joker, a character from the Batman franchise, and, when in court, he appeared distant and disconnected from the proceedings. This dazed look made headlines. 

Then there was the bizarre puppet incident. The police put bags over Holmes' hands to preserve gunpowder residue, and Holmes acted like the bags were puppets, the ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver reported.

Marissa Randazzo, former chief research psychologist for the US Secret Service, told Good Morning America she believed there were two possibilities for Holmes' behavior:

"One is that he is in the middle of a psychotic episode which is quite possible. We see him distracted at multiple points, an almost sort of 'coming to' and trying to figure out where he is and process what's going on," she said, according to ABC News.

"The other thing that we're seeing -- and we've seen some of this behavior in the past couple months -- might suggest mania. Meaning hyperactivity, hyper energy, been possibly up and not sleeping for days. What we might be seeing here is the post effects."

Or, as Newser suggested, Holmes is faking it.

Here's a look at what some media outlets are saying: