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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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just stand him in front of a wall and open fire on him

779 days ago


They should save the taxpayers money, by using this bastards extra ammo on HIM! May he rot in hell for all of the pain and suffering he intentionally caused.

779 days ago


I'm so confused by this whole thing. Can someone help me out? After shooting & killing as many people as possible-- WHY did he tell police that his apartment was booby trapped if he spent over $15,000 & four months putting together those very sophisticated expensive, meticulous and extremely dangerous bombs & trip wires? And how does a guy covered head to toe with ballistic gear just surrender silently without a fight to the police afterward? That is what is so weird to me! I mean don't get me wrong, I am happy there was no more blood shed but I just wonder why he told them?

779 days ago


hang em' high!!!!

779 days ago

Honeys Booboo    

He's actually the Hamburglar's Manchurian Candidate.
As soon as Mayor McCheese said "McRib", he went off.

779 days ago


I come here to get away from the Casey Anthony James Holmes crap not to see more of it.

779 days ago


the judge in this case must be retarded because how do you get 2 murder charges for one murder. typical arragont pig judge

779 days ago

Aaron Lee    

Bring hit to texas we will be happy to fry his sick sorry ass!!!

779 days ago

Honeys Booboo    

And if convicted on all counts, he's be put on
probation, AND Double-Secret probation.

779 days ago


on a side not obama murdered 100x this children too and hes a hero

779 days ago

Honeys Booboo    

George Bush doesn't care about Batman movies.

779 days ago


Dem Ginger's be crazy!

779 days ago


Does anyone else notice how he's posing for the camera? He is perfectly aware of people looking at his picture and is peeing his pants with excitement. Finally! He got the attention he craved. Can't we just all agree to ignore this pathetic loser?

779 days ago


If James Holmes is the Modern day Joker, he'll be charged with insanity and get away. It's only a matter of time before his henchman rise.

779 days ago


They need to bury that MF face down so he can watch his way to hell!

779 days ago
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