Batman shooter faces 142 charges

2012-07-30 18:51

Centennial - The former graduate student accused of opening fire on moviegoers in a Denver-area screening of the latest Batman movie 10 days ago was formally charged on Monday with 142 criminal counts, including first-degree murder charges.

James Holmes, 24, was charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.

He was also charged with one count of possession of explosives. Authorities say he booby-trapped his apartment.

The charges were formally presented as Holmes, made his second court appearance since his arrest moments after the massacre during a packed showing of The Dark Knight Rises shortly after midnight on 20 July.

Twelve people were killed, and 58 people were wounded or injured.

Holmes was arrested shortly after the rampage during a midnight showing of the movie.

Legal analysts expect his case to be dominated by arguments over his sanity.

  • iza.emily - 2012-07-30 19:02

    shoot! that's alot

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-07-30 19:06

    I assume they are going to confine him for the rest of his life and study him. Oddly enough, it seems the insane people give us the most valuable insight into the human psychology.

      Andrew - 2012-07-30 19:29

      Insanity is when one cannot tell right from wrong and is unaware of the consequences of their actions. This guy planned everything months in advance, wore body armour and booby-trapped his apartment. He was very aware of his actions and the consequences thereof. It was premeditated mass murder from a cold-blooded killer. Why he did it is debatable but not insanity.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-30 20:17

      He was being treated for schitzophrenia. Nothing new to science, so they can just get on with it and give him the needle

  • Siegeknives - 2012-07-30 20:17

    If those lawyers plan to argue insanity, it isn't going to fly. The guy wore body armour, you don't do that unless you think someone might shoot at you. Which implies he knew exactly what he was doing. As someone who grew up with comic books and the stories surrounding them, this whole story stabs a proverbial knife in my heart. The story of the Bat himself is one of hope, that out of tragedy can come a force for good. My only hope is that this James Holmes gets at least life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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