James Holmes has just been charged with 24 counts of 1st degree murder — two counts for each of the 12 people he shot and killed during the “Dark Knight” massacre in Colorado on July 20.
Holmes appeared in a Colorado courtroom … where he was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder … 2 counts for each of the 58 people who were injured in the shooting.
Holmes was also charged with possessing an explosive device and unlawful use of a deadly weapon.
In total, Holmes was hit with 142 charges. Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will seek the death penalty, am option in the State of Colorado.
The 24 counts of murder are split into two categories … giving prosecutors 2 options to nail Holmes for first degree murder. They can either establish that the crime was premeditated OR that Holmes acted with “extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
Same deal for the 116 attempted murder charges — 58 counts of attempted premeditated murder, and 58 counts of murder with “extreme indifference.”