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article imageColorado shooter: Holmes charged with more than 140 offenses

By Anne Sewell     Jul 30, 2012 in Crime
Denver - James Holmes appeared in court again today and was charged with 12 counts of first-degree murder and 12 counts of murder with extreme indifference - 2 counts for each victim in the Aurora shooting - along with other charges.
Both counts carry a maximum death penalty upon conviction; the minimum is life without parole.
He was further charged with 116 counts of attempted murder (2 counts for each injured person) and 1 count of possession of explosives.
As reported on Digital Journal James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 people (some severely), when he opened fire in a movie theater in Aurora, during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.
Holmes appeared in court with the same red hair and the same dazed expression as he did in the first court appearance last week. However, this time the hearing was not televised.
Reports are that some people in the courtroom wore Batman t-shirts, and several people clasped their hands and bowed their heads, as if in prayer, before the hearing started. At least one victim was in attendance, in a wheelchair, with bandages on her arm and leg.
Holmes' lawyer asked to delay a future court hearing, so that his defense team would have more time to prepare. When the judge asked Holmes if he agreed with his attorney's request, Holmes apparently softly said: "Yeah."
Attorneys were arguing over a defense motion to find out who leaked information to the media about a package that 24-year-old Holmes allegedly sent to his psychiatrist at the university, telling of his plans, which was apparently unopened.
The package was seized by authorities on July 23, after it was found in the mail room of the medical campus where Holmes studied. According to several media outlets, the package contained a notebook with descriptions of an attack, but according to Arapahoe County District Attorney, Carol Chambers, the parcel had not been opened at the time the news reports appeared.
Legal analysts expect the case to be dominated by arguments over the defendant's sanity. Reports are that Holmes was seeing a psychiatrist at the university, Dr. Lynne Fenton, for mental illness. An online resume listed schizophrenia as one of her research interests.
Former Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver, Craig Silverman, said, "This is not a whodunit. The only possible defence is insanity.”
After the hearing, Holmes was returned to the county jail where he is being held in confinement.
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