July 30th, 2012
12:31 PM ET

Colorado theater shooting suspect charged with 142 total counts

[Updated at 12:31 p.m ET] The suspect in Colorado shooting case has been charged 24 counts of first-degree murder.

Holmes was charged twice for each victim who was killed.

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There are three different classes of murder charges in the state of Colorado. One set of charges is because Holmes is accused of shooting after deliberation, referring to the planning of the attack. The second set of charges is because he is accused of having an attitude of universal malice, manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Holmes was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder, one count that is a sentence enhancer because of violence and one count for possession of explosive devices.

Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said last Monday that deciding whether to pursue the death penalty would involve input from victims and their relatives. A capital case would require a finding of either extreme indifference or deliberation.

[Updated at 12:17 p.m ET] James Holmes, the man accused of opening fire this month inside an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, has been officially charged with a total of 142 counts, including first degree murder in relation to the shooting.

[Posted at 11:30 a.m. ET] The man accused of opening fire this month inside an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater will have his second court appearance Monday, when he is to face formal charges.

James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 people and wounding 58 during a Batman film premiere on July 20. He is also being held in connection with the subsequent discovery of his booby-trapped apartment, which authorities think he rigged before the massacre in the Century Aurora 16 multiplex.

Holmes is to be led Monday morning through an underground tunnel that connects the courthouse to the Arapahoe County Jail, where he has been held in isolation without bail.

At his court appearance, which starts at 11:30 a.m. ET, he is expected to face 12 charges of first-degree murder, charges of attempted first-degree murder and charges related to the booby-trapped apartment.

In his initial court appearance last Monday, the 24-year-old former doctoral candidate - his hair dyed various shades of orange - appeared dazed and did not speak.

Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said last Monday that deciding whether to pursue the death penalty would involve input from victims and their relatives. A capital case would require a finding of either extreme indifference or deliberation.

Authorities have remained silent about a possible motive in the case.

More on Colorado shooting:

HLN: What's jail like for suspect?

Pastor: Where God was in Aurora

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  1. Obama Mama

    With knives or teeth you at least can get close enough to take it down. And for some reason I do not believe this is really philip.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. noworries

    Hurry up with the execution already...murder is murder

    July 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PSU Alumni

    Before everyone rushes to judgement, we need to consider how this is going to affect the football team.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • PSU Alumni

      I agree with you. We need to think about the innocent.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sebastian

      Thank you.

      July 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sebastian

      You are done

      July 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Dalloway

      the team will never be more important than the victims.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. ralphiec88

    142 counts. One nut case.

    July 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    I'm pretty sure it wont be a stretch to prove deliberation & indifference to human life! There has to be an underlying cause for this type of preparation! What were his motives, reasoning? Was he trying to compete w/Breiviks terrorist act (anniversary was that w-e), to show he could do it better!? Such planning, deliberation & attention to detail (bo.obytrapped apt.) has to have a motive behind it & I'm interested to know how a madman justifies his terroristic acts! Death penalty is too good for him, let him loose in the gen pop; he wont last 24 hrs!!

    July 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lobo

    Study it twitching at the end of a rope. it was caught doing it end of story. there is no defence for its actions. hang it high outside the theater it shot up. swift western justice.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mr Dalloway

    The mind is never perfect...
    and sometimes becomes defective. Feel sorry for him also.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
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