James Holmes, the former graduate student accused of shooting during an Aurora screening of the latest Batman film, killing 12 people, has been formally charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. Holmes, 24, was formally charged during his second court appearance since his arrest for the killings during the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20. Holmes’ shootings left 12 dead and 58 injured, several still in critical condition.
During his court hearing, Holmes was seen wearing his jail outfit with his hair still dyed a bright shade of orange, looking blank and unaffected during the 45 minute hearing with two defense attorneys. Holmes did not speak at all during his court hearing except to reply "yes" when Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester asked if he understood the charges placed against him.
Prosecutors have more or less charged Holmes with two murder counts for each victim in the shooting massacre - one standard first-degree murder charge plus one count of murder with extreme indifference.
Collectively, prosecutors have charged James Holmes with 142 criminal counts for the shooting, 24 murder and 116 attempted murder counts, plus one count of possession of an explosive device and one count of committing a crime of violence. Evidence, including a package James Holmes sent to a University of Colorado psychiatrist, was turned over during the hearing. Prosecutors said they have not yet opened the package, which Fox News reported contains a notebook outlining the shooting scenario, complete with stick-figure drawings.
James Holmes was a doctoral student of neuroscience at U of C before filing paperwork to drop out in June.