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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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106.

Jamal    

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

726 days ago
107.

Mark    

This motherf@#%er, must die! He is pure evil, if he goes on death row, he will live for many years to come, someone should put a bullet in his forehead, up close and personal! you piece of ****!!!!!

726 days ago
108.

Matt    

life imprisonment.
it's still a death sentence.

726 days ago
109.

Jana    

if james holmes was sick, then how is it possible that he went to a good university, managed to booby-trap his house and began the whole disaster and take the lives of 12 innocent people.
IT DOESN'T COMBINE!!!

726 days ago
110.

Mary    

Death penalty, it should be. We don't need another murderer like Manson sucking up taxpayer's money.

726 days ago
111.

Mark    

This motherf%^&er has to die, no two ways about it! If he goes on death row, he will live for years to come, very simple put a bullet in the forehead, up close and personal!!!!!

726 days ago
112.

Dr Porn    

After the 20th count they should put a bullet in the back of his head.

Put it this way, if this was the 1860...'s they would have already taking care of things.

726 days ago
113.

Laura F.     

Death Penalty all the way. Tax Payer money keeping him alive? I don't think so. He deserves to die for what he did. However, I think he will probably get life in prison with no parole.

726 days ago
114.

Cherry    

Crazy is snapping and within seconds swinging an ax or shooting a gun. Premeditated is quitting school so you can go on a month long murder shopping spree by day at Outdoor World and spending your nights creating complicated homemade grenades and bombs. To bad we live in a civilized society. If this had happened in a western country the police would have dragged him by ropes as they took him to the police station, then beat the **** out of him, then killed him. Putting him in isolation, (which he likes anyhow) feeding him Fruit Loops and Cheeseburgers for the next 20 years before he gets his sleep injection is not getting the point across to the rest of the evil jerkoffs who want to do this next!!

726 days ago
115.

pcox    

Isn't 24 1st degree murder charges double jeopardy??

726 days ago
116.

buxxy    

Yes, off him and save everybody the torment and expense of this piece of crap every harming anyone again. Useless and must die. I do not want to hear anything about his 'rights' he gave them up when he killed all those people.

726 days ago
117.

Donna    

12 counts of first-degree murder and the rest for attempted murder would have sufficed. The DA (jackasses that they all are) has already set this one up for failure (and I hope I'm wrong). Personally, I'd forego the trial and just put the mfer to sleep. P.S. Why the surprise that TMZ has made this douchebag into a celebrity? These are the same people who treat rich nothings (start the name dropping) as if they've done something to be famous. Oh, and after all, it was the media who made p.o.s. like Charles Manson and Charles Watson into celebrities. 'Nuff said.

726 days ago
118.

JimmydeansausageCo.    

That picture reminds me of the look in my dogs eyes when the vet takes his temperature.

If he's fit for trial, and goes to the crowbar hotel, Ronald McDonald better get ready for BIG MAC!!!

726 days ago
119.

JimmydeansausageCo.    

And her said he was the Joker? More like the Jerker

726 days ago
120.

carole    

Why Doesn't jail personnel shave off that orange hair?? its offensive to look at and i HATE looking at his FAce ALSO!!

726 days ago
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