Colo. suspect charged with 24 counts of murder

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado prosecutors have formally charged a former doctorate student with 24 counts of murder in the shooting at an Aurora movie theater.

Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes appeared Monday and was also formally charged with 116 counts of attempted murder.

Twelve people were killed and 58 people were wounded or injured. The breakdown of the charges was not immediately clear.

He's also charged with a one count of possession of explosives. Authorities say he booby trapped his apartment.

Holmes was arrested early July 20 outside a Century 16 theater in Aurora during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie.

Legal analysts expect his court the case to be dominated by arguments over his sanity.

Holmes was a student at the University of Colorado Denver before withdrawing last month.


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  • by iyamacog on Jul 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM
    Ok, I understand there will always be 'bad' people. But how much more must this poor woman endure? Where is this god I keep hearing about?
  • by Johnny Location: GJ on Jul 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
    How about telling us WHAT psychiatric meds he was on, had taken in the past, or had stopped taking? Some of these drugs are extremely dangerous, such as SSRIs that are handed out like candy. Mixed with alcohol and other drugs or stopping rapidly is very, very, dangerous. Doctors are also handing out like candy to returning troops which are destroying lives and families. Many of these drugs are only a few years old so we don't know long term effects. Oh, but we don't know the long term effects of Marijuana either, which has been around for how long?
  • by Death on Jul 30, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    Ok! so please explain to me how it is that he can be charged with 24 counts of murder when 12 people were actually killed? I understand the 116 counts of attempted murder but do not understand how a person can be charged with double the amount of actually killings.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2012 at 01:10 PM in reply to Death
      12 counts of first degree murder on top of 12 counts of Voluntary manslaughter. Welcome to Colorado. He deserves death.
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      by Dan on Jul 30, 2012 at 07:56 PM in reply to Death
      For the murder charges, one count included murder with deliberation, the other murder with extreme indifference. Both counts carry a maximum death penalty upon conviction; the minimum is life without parole.
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