Sitting in a Colorado courtroom with the same messy orange hair and dazed look as seen in his July 23 court appearance, James Holmes was charged with 24 counts of murder on Monday (July 30) for his shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 people dead and 58 injured.
The Associated Press reports that Holmes, 24, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder — one for allegedly intending to cause harm and one for allegedly acting with “extreme indifference to human life” — for each person killed. Prosecutors also charged Holmes with 116 counts of attempted murder — 58 for attempted premeditated murder and 58 for attempted murder with “extreme indifference.”
“I don’t think it’s too hard to predict the path of this proceeding,” said Craig Silverman, a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver. “This is not a whodunit. … The only possible defense is insanity.”
Monday’s hearing was not televised at the request of the defense, with Judge William Sylvester saying the presence of cameras could interfere with Holmes’ right to a fair trial.
Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will seek the death penalty in the case.