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Citing unnamed sources, 9News reports that Holmes tried to harm himself on three separate occasions on Tuesday while in his cell -- and each effort seems to have had a head injury as its goal.

In the first incident, Holmes is said to have stood on his bed, then fallen backwards in an apparent attempt to bang his head. The second time around, he reportedly ran from one side of his cell to the other in order to thump his head against a wall. And sources tell the station he simply hit his head against the wall on attempt number three.

These assorted efforts didn't result in wounds that would have been visible to those attending this morning's hearing had it been held as scheduled, 9News maintains. But while sources cited by the outlet describe Holmes's actions as "not aggressive," that description is certainly up for debate. Expect the staff at the Arapahoe County jail where he's being held to keep an even closer eye on Holmes than they do already do -- especially as the newly scheduled December 10 make-up hearing nears.

Look below to see the 9News report, followed by Melanie Asmar's previous coverage.

Continue for our original coverage below.

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