According to official documents filed by prosecutors today, suspected gunman, James Holmes will face 24 first-degree murder and 116 attempted murder charges stemming from the Colorado massacre that took place at an Aurora movie theater on July 20th.
The 24-year-old man allegedly responsible for the killing of 12 moviegoers and injuring 58 others at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” appeared today at the Arapahoe County Justice Center accompanied by a public defender.
According to the Denver Post, if convicted, the man who identified himself as “The Joker” on the night of shooting will face the death penalty or a minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Holmes was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree murder with “extreme indifference,” for each of the deceased. His attorney requested more time before entering a pea.
After waiving his right to have a hearing within 35 days, 18th Judicial District chief justice, Judge William Sylvester set Holmes’ preliminary hearing for November 12, 2012. He’s expected to enter a plea at that time and those proceeding are expected to last a week.
As far as media coverage goes, there were no cameras allowed in the courtroom today unlike in his first appearance on July 23rd. Judge Sylvester will address the media’s request to unseal the case file on August 9th at 1:30 PM.
In addition to the aforementioned charges, the former University of Colorado grad-student will also face one count of possession of an explosive device and one count of a sentence enhancer for a crime of violence. Experts speculate that Holmes’ team will likely employ the insanity defense in this cae.
“I don’t think it’s too hard to predict the path of this proceeding,” former Denver chief deputy district attorney Craig Silverman tells CBSNews. “This is not a whodunit. … The only possible defense is insanity.”