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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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76.

Curtis    

Why do we tax payers have to wast good money prosecuting this creep who so selfishly took the lives of so many innocent people and then thrusted upon these families such horror and tragedy that they will never recover from.

Along with condemning these families to unspeakable sorrow, this person has robbed society of its innocents. Now before going into movie theaters we will all be subjected to searches and screening.

This piece of crap should be dragged through the streets naked; hanged until he is half dead; cut down and have is genitals cut out and burned in front of his face while he is still alive. He should then be beheaded and his body parts cut into four quarters spread out throughout the country to deter anyone else from creating such horrific crimes.

This process will take a few minutes and save the tax paying public thousands of dollars.

713 days ago
77.

Boop    

I want to add another view. I see the let's "fry this guy". Can you see his picture? The reporter assumes a state of mind when he sees this murderer. This is not the case in my opinion. This guy looks calm, bewildered, because he has a f**ing chaos going on in his head.
This guy, in my opinion, has no idea what is going on. Bewildered would be my opinion. With CHAOS going on in his brain. The s**t we don't ever see in people like this.
Please know this guy is guilty. Please know this guy isn't sane when he plotted this. This face we see now? This is this boy's face at the wonder that's going on, that he created.

713 days ago
78.

Mumra the Ever Living    

1> Why do you continue to put out this mans name on your web page. Just about every news organization has decided to use his name and photo as little as possible.
2> THIS IS HIS MUG SHOT!!! What's with platering "TMZ" on it like it's an exclusive?
3> You people are sk-um. Just wanted to throw that one in.

713 days ago
79.

no shit..    

WAIT where is Dane Cooks stupid ass commments ?? Anything ?? Dane ????

713 days ago
80.

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713 days ago
81.

JMP    

Does anyone one know why it is "two counts for each"? Thanks for letting me know.

713 days ago
82.

annie2    

I think he'll 'get off' like the Tucson shooter. He'll get the crazy defense and waste mental institutions time and space instead...waste doctor resources, etc even though he's not insane. Makes me so mad.

713 days ago
83.

Nicoleasm    

I don't know what the statutes are in the other 118 charges but he should get 142 life sentences. Death would be too easy. He should live his days out with career criminals, and hopefully one day he'll start to regret what he did. Not that it matters if he regrets it, but hopefully the mental anguish will eat away at him

713 days ago
84.

Straight Talkin Texan    

That fool's hair needs to be cut off!

713 days ago
85.

tamara    

The mother of the 6-year-old girl that was killed lost her 8-week-old unborn baby. Does this count as another murder?

713 days ago
86.

Christine    

Who are we to judge ? Let God deal with him. He seems drugged from what i've seen! Does no one else think someone put the blame on him so that someone can come and take guns away from American citizens?

713 days ago
87.

The Real Victim    

Doesn't look like the same person in the school photos...


Nose Job?

713 days ago
88.

moe l.    

This POS is going to claim "insanity". In my book, that is just one more reason to execute him. Do we EVER want to let him out??? If you do, let him out in your own neighborhood.

713 days ago
89.

poppycarew    

Why was Holmes charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder for each victim (12)? I'm not from the US, so I'm trying understand the legal issues. Thanks!

713 days ago
90.

Chrissy N    

Does this a**hole deserve the death penalty? Sure he does... do I think that he'd be more deserving of being put in the WORST prison ever, and letting the inmates do the worst possible things to him... YES. But either way, (and I hate to say this) he deserves the HARSHEST ever. I hope that they get justice for all those poor people.

713 days ago
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