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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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46.

TiffC    

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

627 days ago
47.

Allison    

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

627 days ago
48.

Cindy    

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.

627 days ago
49.

Courtney    

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?

627 days ago
50.

holmeshater    

hang em' high!!!!

627 days ago
51.

Honeys Booboo    

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

627 days ago
52.

Ben    

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

627 days ago
53.

dapedo    

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

627 days ago
54.

Aaron Lee    

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

627 days ago
55.

Honeys Booboo    

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

627 days ago
56.

dapedo    

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

627 days ago
57.

Honeys Booboo    

George Bush doesn't care about Batman movies.

627 days ago
58.

Arnie    

Dem Ginger's be crazy!

627 days ago
59.

AnonyMouse    

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?

627 days ago
60.

cheureaux    

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.

http://charlesheureaux.com/james-holmes-the-modern-day-joker/

627 days ago
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