July 31, 2012- James Holmes, the man accused of a shooting massacre inside a Colorado movie theater during the midnight showing of a new Batman movie was charged for 24 counts of murder on Monday. Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 in the shooting. He was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder.
The accused was arrested outside the cinema where the shooting took place in a Denver suburb just minutes after the shooting on July 20 at the full house screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Monday was his second appearance in court.
The first-degree murder charges he received against him now make him eligible to receive the death penalty. However, prosecutors have yet to say whether they are going to seek the death penalty in this case.
Holmes was charged with two counts of murder for each one of his victims: one standard charge of first-degree murder and one count of murder involving extreme indifference. He was also charged with two counts of attempted murder for each one of the wounded who survived.
Holmes made his court appearance clad in normal jail garb with his hair still a bright orange, but with it fading to a pink in areas. He sat quietly at his defense table with two lawyers for the entire 45 minutes of the hearing. He was more alert for this hearing than the first one where he appeared to be groggy and dazed.
He spoke just once the entire time after being asked by the judge a question. He simply responded yes to the judge’s question. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled by the judge for September 27.