James Holmes Charged with 24 Counts of Murder for ‘Dark Knight’ Shootings

James Holmes Just 10 days after the shootings at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Col. that left 12 dead and 58 wounded, the alleged shooter, James Holmes, appeared in court Monday. Holmes was formally charged with 24 counts of murder, 116 counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of explosives, The Associate Press reports.

According to ABC News, the 24 counts were charges of first degree murder — two counts for each person that Holmes allegedly killed on that tragic day. For each death, the double charges accuse Holmes of showing premeditation and showing extreme indifference to life. Both of the charges can carry the death penalty if he is found guilty.

The 116 attempted murder charges were also counts of the first degree.

Holmes was initially arrested on July 20 outside of the Century 16 theater where the shootings took place. Prior to the shooting, the 24-year-old was a student at the University of Colorado — but withdrew from the college just last month.

This is the second time that Holmes was in a court room since the shootings. His first appearance took place on July 23. But, unlike the July 23 hearing, District Chief Judge William Sylvester wouldn’t allow video or still cameras in the court room today.

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News Editor Lindsey DiMattina started her career writing for a series of interior design magazines in South Florida, but moved to NYC on a whim. She dabbled in fashion PR, then took a job doing celebrity reporting. For three years, she broke news about Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Snooki, Bachelor/Bachelorette winners, Teen Moms, and many more. In her spare time, you can find her rocking out to Sugarland or Lil Jon and walking her dog Bene Hendrix (named after the Jimi Hendrix). She never misses an episode of “The Borgias,” “Boardwalk Empire,” or “Game of Thrones."