‘Dark Knight Rises’ Massacre Suspect James Holmes Charged With 24 Counts of Murder

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Prosecutors have filed 142 charges — including 24 for first-degree murder — against James Holmes, the 24-year-old former graduate student who allegedly killed 12 and injured 58 when he indiscriminately opened fire on an Aurora, Colorado, screening of the Dark Knight Rises on July 20.

In his second court appearance on Monday, Holmes was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for every life lost in his alleged shooting spree: one count of “murder with deliberation” and another count of “extreme indifference to the value of human life,” according to NBC.

The accused mass murder was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder, according to court documents, as well as one count of illegal possession of explosives and one sentence enhancer because the attack was a crime of violence. Holmes faces a total of 142 criminal charges.

Did the suspect make a statement in his hearing?

Holmes’ attorneys asked for more time before entering a plea. The only time he spoke was when asked if he agreed to waive his rights to a preliminary hearing within 35 days. He answered “yes.”

Now that Holmes has been formally charged, prosecutors will have 60 days from the date of the arraignment to decide if they will seek the death sentence for alleged gunman. The murder charges carry a minimum penalty of life in prison and a maximum of death.

During Monday’s hearing, Colorado District Court Judge William Blair Sylvester also heard several motions, including those from Holmes’ attorneys, who asked for access to documents related to the investigation, according to The Washington Post. Prosecutors said they have thousands of pages of police reports and lengthy lists of witnesses.

Holmes has been in police custody for 10 days, being held without bond in solitary confinement at an Arapahoe County detention facility in Centennial, Colorado, since being arrested early July 20.

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