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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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61.

TheTruth    

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

710 days ago
62.

KnuckleDragger    

About the new photo of the artist's rendering. I like that the artist chose to give the judge a pair of sunglasses. Nice touch.

710 days ago
63.

xxcarleighxx    

how is that possible? You cant charge someone twice for the same thing can you?

710 days ago
64.

LDB    

He looks a hotmess with that ugly hair color

710 days ago
65.

janet    

C' mon, this guy won't see a jury trial for at least 3 years or longer if he's still alive. Let him rot in solitary.


Harvey this is not celebrity justice. Don't milk this and keep his face off the site.

710 days ago
66.

MaineTech609    

Feed him to some starving dogs after donating his organs while living!

710 days ago
67.

Fat Mike    

People who support the death panalty are murderers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrongful_execution

710 days ago
68.

whatever    

I want to date him.

710 days ago
69.

PEEwee    

james holmes, your punishment must be more severe.

710 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Don't think it matters if he gets the Death Penalty or not. Sooner or later someone will find a way to get to him, terrorize him for a bit, and then take him out.

710 days ago
71.

jd    

I hope they nail him to the wall. In Texas if 3 people saw you do it you don't spend your life in prison, you go straight to the chair. CO needs to take a lesson from TX for this guy.

710 days ago
72.

gamepro    

yess now he either get the death penalty or jail for life but he will never ever get the insanity plea because a insane person could not set all of this up

710 days ago
73.

Penny    

He's faking it! He's not really crazy, he's just trying to use the crazy defence! He's had this planned for much longer than he let's on.... when did he sign up to see the school shrink??

710 days ago
74.

Tr0LL666     

it is what it is...

710 days ago
75.

Jana    

Why have they not shaved this losers hair already... Jeez!!!

710 days ago
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