James Holmes Charged With 24 Counts Of Murder, 116 Counts Attempted Murder

12 of those murder counts are for “murder with extreme indifference.” He appeared in a Colorado court room today to hear the charges.

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Holmes during his first court appearance.

James Holmes made his second appearance in court today. A judge blocked media cameras, but reporters inside the courtroom say Holmes’ dazed expression was reminiscent of his first court appearance.

He will be charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. You can see the full court complaint against him here.

Holmes is suspected of opening fire on a crowd at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and injuring 58. There are two counts of murder for every person dead — 12 for first-degree murder, and 12 for murder with extreme indifference. Holmes will also be charged with one count of possession of explosives for his booby-trapped apartment.

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Holmes’ booking photo.


The memorial for victims behind the Century 16 theatre.

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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