News: UPDATE: "Dark Knight Rises" Massacre Suspect Charged W/ 24 Counts Of Murder
Monday, Jul 30, 2012 3:05PM
The man reportedly responsible for killing a dozen people at a Dark Knight Rises Colorado movie theater has been hit with 24 counts of murder.
According to reports, James Eagan Holmes also received over 100 charges of attempted murder.
Colorado prosecutors filed 24 counts of murder charges Monday against James Eagan Holmes, the former neuroscience student accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others at an Aurora movie theater. Prosecutors also filed 116 counts of attempted murder against Holmes, who Aurora police said booby trapped his apartment with the intent to kill any officers responding there the night of the theater attack. Among the charges Monday was one count of possession of explosives and one count of committing a crime of violence. The breakdown of the charges was not immediately clear. (CBS News)
Further reports suggest a large emphasis will be placed on Holmes' mental well-being in regard to how the case proceeds.
The attack at "The Dark Knight Rises" left 12 people dead and 58 others injured. After his arrest, police said they found that his apartment was booby trapped. Among the charges Monday was one count of possession of explosives. Legal analysts expect the case to be dominated by arguments over the defendant's sanity. (Los Angeles Times)
A few days ago, rap star Rick Ross publicly slammed Holmes' slayings.
"I send my condolences out to the family members of the victims. It's just so senseless. You think you're in the movie and as I watched him today sitting in the courtroom, now he dizzy. Now he dazed. With all the pictures of him and everything that was leading up to the event, he's smiling and doing this and that. Now you dazed. Don't be dazed now. We need you to be focused when this comes down on you, because that was senseless. It's unfortunate. ... Don't be blinkin' and all that. It could be one of his approaches to his defense, he's going to act like he ain't know what was going on. But that ain't gon' help you on this one." (Power 106)
The Colorado massacre suspect appeared in court and displayed dazed facial expressions last week.
James Holmes, the man accused of opening fire at a Colorado movie theater, appeared dazed in court today, the first time he has been seen in public since he allegedly killed 12 people and wounded another 58 during a showing of the new Batman movie. Holmes, 24, appeared in court unshaven with a shock of dyed reddish-orange hair, and a prison jumpsuit that appeared to conceal a bulletproof vest. He said nothing in the courtroom and spent much of the hearing looking down, his head drooping at times. He demeanor ranged from a glassy bug-eyed stare to appearing to be nodding off. Holmes' appearance raised questions among some observers about his mental competency. (ABC News)
Check out Rick Ross speaking on James Eagan Holmes below: