Colorado movie shooting suspect charged with murder

Updated 11:30 AM EDT, Tue July 31, 2012

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James Holmes faces 24 counts of first-degree murder and116 counts of attempted murder

He is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58

Prosecutors have not said whether they will pursue the death penalty

Centennial, Colorado CNN —  

Colorado movie shooting suspect James Holmes was charged Monday with 24 counts of first-degree murder – two counts for each of the 12 people killed in the shooting.

Twelve of the murder counts cite “deliberation,” and 12 cite “extreme indifference” to the value of human life.

The 24-year-old former doctoral student also was charged with 116 counts of attempted murder – two for each of the 58 moviegoers wounded in the attack. Finally, he was charged with one count of felony possession of explosive devices and one count related to the use of an assault weapon, a shotgun and a handgun during the incident.

The 142 counts are all in connection with the July 20 massacre in the Century Aurora 16 multiplex minutes into a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Shackled around his wrists and ankles, Holmes was escorted into Arapahoe County Courthouse by two sheriffs deputies. Five other sheriffs deputies were standing in the courtroom.