Colorado shooting suspect charged with 24 murder counts

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James Holmes
James Holmes
Updated: 7/30/2012 11:36 am Published: 7/30/2012 11:30 am

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. Reuters reports Holmes is charged with 12 counts of first-degree murder, 12 counts of murder with extreme indifference

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.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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aleman - 7/31/2012 7:08 PM
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It'll turn political you watch,the anti gun nuts will come crawling outa every nook and cranny but they won't say a thing about all drugs he was using.

t town253 - 7/31/2012 9:32 AM
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Thank you FOX23 for explaining that. Watchdog11 I hope to God he doesnt get off on that. It was was to pre-meditated and planned. He knew exactly what he was doing and how he was going to do it. There is no way with all the facts he can get off that easy.

watchdog11 - 7/30/2012 7:29 PM
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They are going to do everything they can to get him off on insanity, I pray they don't succeed. Seems outrageous to think they could with this man being as educated and obviously book smart as he is, but if he has enough money and the right lawyer, I'm waiting for Gloria Alred to step up, anybody wanna bet she doesn't?

aleman - 7/30/2012 4:28 PM
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S.O.B.s possessed by the devil,those damned eyes...ooooh!Scary,Rosemarys' baby all grown up.The sooner this thing is gone the better,strap him to a rocket and launch him into outer space,anything, just get rid of him.Every time I see his picture it gives me the woolies.

whatintheworld - 7/30/2012 3:09 PM
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and 116 counts of attempted murder. Go Colorado for having the murder with extreme indifference laws as well. Fry him!!!

FOX23News - 7/30/2012 2:43 PM
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In Colorado they have a different count for murder with extreme indifference, so he's charged with first degree murder and that for each case. We had to do some research too, it wasn't clear in the initial press release.

t town253 - 7/30/2012 12:02 PM
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Dont understand why 24 counts of murder when only 12 died. Isnt that double jeopardy??
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