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Kyle 2012/07/30 16:50:46






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0723_james_holmes_tmz_mugshot_wmJames Holmes
has been charged with 24 counts of 1st degree murder and 116 counts of
attempted murder after shooting up a Colorado movie theater this month
-- and if convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Holmes
stands accused of murdering 12 people and wounding 58 during a midnight
screening of "Dark Knight Rises" on July 20th in Aurora, CO -- one of
the most heinous shootings in US history.

The 24 counts of murder
are split into two categories -- 12 counts for premeditated murder, and
12 counts for murder "under circumstances evidencing an attitude of
universal malice, manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human
life generally."

Same deal for the 116 attempted murder charges
-- 58 counts of attempted premeditated murder, and 58 counts of murder
with "universal malice."

Holmes was also charged with one count of possession of an explosive, and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

It's
unclear what defense Holmes' lawyers are planning because they haven't
entered a plea yet -- but if the jury finds Holmes guilty of 1st degree
murder, the death penalty's a possibility in Colorado.

Holmes' next court date is August 9th.
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