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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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karlew    

Celebrity Justice? Are you f*cking serious? Way to go TMZ., nothing like glorifying serial killers.

762 days ago
92.

Rene    

He deserves to die.

762 days ago
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backbaconandbeer    

142 Counts? Overkill to try and make sure they get a conviction?

762 days ago
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backbaconandbeer    

142 counts? Overkill to make sure they get a conviction?

762 days ago
95.

Roger    

Stop giving him attention! Stupid ass media...

762 days ago
96.

WhatsRight    

This monster is out for identity. By putting him under "Celebrity Justice" you are perpetuating what he did as something to be glorified or exploited. He's getting nailed on 142 counts, his defense "team" will try for insanity, and it won't happen because it's been plotted for over 4 months, he knew exactly what he was doing. He's a F**KING Neuroscience PHd. He knows mental health better than most and knows how to play it.

He will get Death, which in my opinion is too good for him, it's an easy out for the damage he caused to hundreds of lives. I say you feed him to the prison community and see how long he lasts as the coward he is. That's justice. This Death Penalty crap is simply a easy out for a monster.

TMZ, get back to exploiting stupid celebrities like Snookie instead of glamorizing a POS like this idiot.

762 days ago
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the sea    

I heard that defense counsel is allowed to give defendants lithium before appearing in court to make them appear "crazy".

If this is allowed during a trial, wouldn't it be "influencing the jury"?

762 days ago
98.

TheTruth    

And you have his face plastered on your headline page why?

762 days ago
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laffnbear    

With all of these Old Testament proponents on here, where are the true Christers who would let their God judge him. HMMM. i suppose they are all without sin.

762 days ago
100.

Chelsea    

Seriously people. We have a right to know who the F**K WOULD TRY AND PARTLY SUCCEED IN TRYING TO KILL A THEATRE FULL OF PEOPLE. Get off your high horses, James Holmes is NOT a celebrity, and if that's how YOU see him, YOU'RE the jerks for believing so. I see him as filth, and I'm glad TMZ is letting us know what this FILTH did.

762 days ago
101.

lookItsMegRyan    

of course he still has red hair. they don't give him hair dye, scissors, or a barber.

762 days ago
102.

Tylerlynn01    

James Holmes was stupid because he did this outrages shooting at the showing of The Dark Knight Rises for know reason and killed many people and even injured a toddler! He did the wrong thing for sure there should be no deciding if its going to be a life sentence or not!!!!!!

762 days ago
103.

ValVal    

After reading the story about the mom who lost her 6 yo and now her unborn child due to this ass... I REALLY hope he gets the death penalty. This demon needs to go back to hell.

762 days ago
104.

leah    

America a trial what for, ? Its beyond b bath and beyond protest it ,our money tax $ to to feed this Friggen monster. , we have a sick suck up gov. front
of idiots,, its an insult t to all the vicitims A trial of terror to watch and suffer by more, we need a speedy triial of give him some rope to hang himself after we best the s*** out of him first God says in Rev kill the serpents, why didnt he die in birth scuse me thats my opinion take it or leave it and the victims family i bet you, be good and dont watch violent movies dont drink alcohol dwi be civilzed x for going after thus serpent and the gun sellers,thy dont get held acctb? ty for reading

762 days ago
105.

Jamal    

And he's still alive why? Oh right cause he's white!

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