Aurora Shooting Suspect Charged With 24 Counts Of First Degree Murder: [ send to a friend ]
James Holmes, the man responsible for killing 12 people and wounding another 58 during the premiere of 'Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado, has been charged with 24 counts of first degree murder.
Additionally, he's been with 116 counts of attempted first degree, one count of violent crime, and one count of possession of an explosive device. He will be facing 142 counts in all, amounting to two charges for each of the 70 victims, one for premeditation and the other for "extreme indifference to life."
The 24-year-old suspect appeared in court donning a lighter shade of red than his previous hearing and listened to proceedings with his eyes transfixed to the floor and occasional smacking of the jaw.
Prosecutors have sixty days to decide whether they will seek the death penalty in the worst ever mass shooting in US history. They confirmed the existence of a notebook belonging to Holmes and declared that they would like to issue a subpoena to his therapist, Dr Lynne Fenton.
Many family members of the victims were in court yesterday, some wearing Batman T-shirts in defiance while most wore sunglasses and sobbed during the proceedings.
The next stage of the trial is set for August 16th, with a status conference. A preliminary hearing in the case will take place on September 27.