James Holmes, the suspect in the July 20 Colorado shooting massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Co., was charged today in an Arapahoe County Colorado Courthouse. Holmes’ charges came to a total of 142 criminal counts.
Twenty-four of those charges were for murder in the first-degree, representing two counts of first degree murder for each person who died in that Aurora movie showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
The Colorado shooter was also charged with 116 counts of criminal intent to commit murder, and 1 count of illegal possession of an explosive device.
You can read the charging documents against James Holmes in their entirety here.
TV cameras weren’t allowed in the courtroom today; but according to the Los Angeles Times, Holmes’ appearance has changed since his first court appearance on July 23. “His reddish-orange hair was combed forward and down, rather than the tousled look he had last week when the judge read him his rights.”
The Times went on to report that Holmes appeared calm in court today, with his expressions going back-and-forth between wide-eyed glares and vacant stares.
He spoke only once, replying “yes” when District Court Judge William B. Sylvester asked him about a future hearing date.
Following his court appearance today, Holmes was escorted back to county jail.
The courts have set Holmes’ preliminary hearing for November 13.
For more on James Holmes, and what some of the people wounded in the Colorado shootings have to say about him, see the video accompanying this article.
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