Aurora Suspect Charged With 24 Murder Counts

James Holmes faces major jail time if convicted for the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater.

James Holmes, Aurora shooting suspect (Pool/Getty Images)

On Monday, suspect James Egan Holmes was charged with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder for a mass shooting during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., earlier this month, according to the Associated Press

In a packed Denver-area courtroom Monday, Holmes, 24, sat silently and did not react as he heard formal charges against him, including first-degree murder for each of the 12 who died and attempted murder for each of the 58 people who were injured in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

At one point, a shackled Holmes, still with his hair dyed orange-red, leaned over to speak with one of his lawyers and furrowed his brow.

When the judge asked the former neuroscience student if he agreed with his attorney's request to delay a future court hearing so his defense team could have more time to prepare, Holmes said softly: "Yeah."

Some of the people in the court wore Batman T-shirts. Several people clasped their hands and bowed their heads as if in prayer before the hearing. At least one victim attended, and she was in a wheelchair and had bandages on her leg and arm. One unidentified man glared at Holmes throughout the hearing.

Holmes was charged with 24 counts of murder, two each for the 12 victims, and 116 counts of attempted murder, two each for the 58 injured.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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