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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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31.

hursh4ever    

Next the 15 minutes of fame for the shooting and the victims is over... more than half the idiots didn't even have insurance....

793 days ago
32.

BB not bb    

They went a little overboard. I think he just murdered twelve people with premditation and then injured 58 people. He is going to be found guilty of that much, way waate time with so much overkill? I don't believe he acted alone, I believe that someone opened the door for him when he rang to get in. I think maybe the psych department at his school was in on it because the professor diddn't even want to see what was in the notebook he was sent before it happened.

One person alone did not do all of this damage. This was a planned event by people pulling his strings somehow.

793 days ago
33.

Bob    

The cops screwed up bigtime. They didn't create an oppotunity not to take him alive - Deadly force against a deadly threat. It happens all the time.

793 days ago
34.

Joey    

THE S***BAG DEFENSE ATTORNEY WILL GET HIM AN INSANITY PLEAS AND HE WILL BE A BURNED TO THE STATE UNTIL HE DIES OR SOMEONE KILLS HIM.
THE COURTS ARE TOO LENIENT

793 days ago
35.

parlayer    

Charged with murder?? that's news? tell me something i don't know, like he was one of obomas epa people.

793 days ago
36.

Mary Reed    

No Death Penalty as that would be to easy and clean keep him locked up with no parole let him suffer

793 days ago
37.

She's baaaack    

I thought he was a spitter and had to wear a shield to protect people around him. Funny, in the illustration above I don't see a shield on his face. I guess his insanity doesn't apply when he's in court?

793 days ago
38.

Bob    

Whether this evil lowlife bastard is in prison, in a state hospital or out on the street eventually somebody will do the survivers, the family of the victoms and the world in general a favor and kill this cowardly s***bag. HE'S NOT CRAZY! HE'S EVIL!

793 days ago
39.

Bridget    

I personally don't believe in the death penalty. Not that I will cry myself to sleep if he gets it though. But even if I did believe in it. I still wouldn't agree with it in this case. The guy seems to want to be famous. Why make him a martyr for people that worship these guys. You know the ones that loooove serial killers and mass murderers. Just stick him in a hole somewhere so the world can forget he existed. The less famous he becomes the better. And the death penalty will have his name being brought up for years and years to come. Probibly just what he wants.

793 days ago
40.

annie2    

The lady who lost her 6 year old daughter also miscarried over the weekend...no mention of that...and no charges to be filed for this a-hole being the cause of the miscarriage either. Typical. Even though she wanted her baby and 2 families were anxiously awaiting the impending grandchilds arrival...that life doesn't count apparently.

793 days ago
41.

cari    

i Just dont get it, what did he hope to accomplish? I personally dont like the death penalty but what other option is there? Such a sad thing. And im sure his parents feel responsible.

793 days ago
42.

verlinda    

He's full of it. He studied medicine and knows how to look and act crazy. For what he did was out of revenge for his own sad and pitiful life. I say eye for an eye. Line him up in front of a firing squad and let him see how it feels

793 days ago
43.

jokerchick    

Harvey has a crush b/c he too is sick in the head - so to him, this POS is a celeb...newsflash (Harvey), he would've blown your fcuking head clear off your shoulders with no regard and I don't mean the good kind of blown - ya weirdo

793 days ago
44.

Honeys Booboo    

And felony impersonation of Ronald McDonald.
That should be a capital offense in itself.

793 days ago
45.

TiffC    

Ship the guy that killed Dahmer to Holmes' prison and let them be cell mates.

793 days ago
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