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James Holmes Charged

142 Counts

Including 1st Deg. Murder

7/30/2012 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0723_james_holmes_tmz_mugshot_wmJames Holmes has just been charged with 24 counts of 1st degree murder -- two counts for each of the 12 people he shot and killed during the "Dark Knight" massacre in Colorado on July 20.

Holmes appeared in a Colorado courtroom ...  still sporting reddish, orange hair ... where he was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder ... 2 counts for each of the 58 people who were injured in the shooting.

Holmes spoke in court for the first time during the 45 minute hearing -- answering with a soft spoken "yes" when the judge asked if he was OK with his lawyers requesting more time before his preliminary hearing.

0730_james_court_sketchAs for Holmes' demeanor, he reportedly stared at the bench blankly with his eyes wide open during the hearing.

One reporter said he seemed "peaceful and calm" ... and appeared lucid and aware of what was going on around him.

In total, Holmes was hit with 142 charges ... including one count of possessing an explosive device and one count of unlawful use of a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will seek the death penalty, an option in the State of Colorado.

The 24 counts of murder are split into two categories ... giving prosecutors 2 options to nail Holmes for first degree murder. They can either establish that the crime was premeditated OR that Holmes acted with "extreme indifference to the value of human life."

Same deal for the 116 attempted murder charges -- 58 counts of attempted premeditated murder, and 58 counts of attempted murder with "extreme indifference."

Holmes' next court date is August 9th.

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Lora Leigh    

Just shoot him and get it over with. Stop using tax payers hard earned money on this physco!

794 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

just kill it now

794 days ago
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No comment    

I wonder if he has received love letters yet, like Scott Peterson and the Night Stalker?

794 days ago
19.

ShrinkWrap    

This "crazy" act of his is just that, an act. If he had the mental capacity to prepare for the crime and purchase the materials, he has the mental capacity to face the music. He isn't crazy, he's evil. Huge difference.

794 days ago
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Kristoferian    

Actually, even if he manages to get the insanity plea, the time spent in the asylum is actually usually DOUBLE the sentence they avoided, they just don't get to walk out after saying "I'm cured!"

794 days ago
21.

tootheache    

Nothing but shameless grotesque fuquing pornography to keep dangling these pictures and stories on the www to make TMZ $$$$$$$$$

794 days ago
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janet    

Harvey just updated whats already been reported. He's up to 142 counts and could still go up.


Harvey get it stright. It's not 24 1st degree murder charges. It's 12 1st degree murder and 12 depraived indifference murder charges for each victim. That's the 24.

Look this guy won't see a trial for years down the road. More than likely the death penelty. Let him rot in solitary.

794 days ago
23.

St James III    

CHAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

794 days ago
24.

dj    

OMG! those are SOME charges! i hope this goofy looking bastard goes to hell!

794 days ago
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limelight63    

this guy will never go to trial,his lawyers will plead him out for life in prison/nuthouse with no parole!

794 days ago
26.

Mr. Man    

I believe that he IS crazy!
How and why else would he do this?
There was no purpose, there was no point.
Maybe he thought batman was coming to save everyone.
Nobody knows.
For those of you who want to kill him: you're the same as him; a murderer, but you can't claim insanity.
p.s. How exactly does somebody get charged with murdering somebody twice. Sounds like more garbage being fed to us by a terrible government.

794 days ago
27.

Lee    

The thought that they are even thinking about seeking the death penalty is mind boggling to me. This douchebag murdered a dozen people and injured tons more. This guy has a death wish which should be fulfilled. Don't waste my tax dollars keeping him alive.

794 days ago
28.

Stacey    

"two counts for each of the 12 people he shot and killed "
A woman who was critically wounded and whose 6-year-old daughter was killed suffered a miscarriage---SO IT SHOULD BE 13.

794 days ago
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really! really?    

The first time TMZ published this mug shot it was creepy. Now it's just plain insulting that TMZ believes we want to see this. This story won't be relevant again until sentencing.

794 days ago
30.

CLINT    

I can only hope that he gets knifed by his fellow inmates, or takes his own life, because he will not be put to death. Although very bright, his pending insanity plea will let him live longer than most of the people he killed. We will have to pay to keep him alive. NO INSANITY PLEA FOR THIS CREEP!! One bullet to the head is all he deserves.

794 days ago
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