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Colorado gunman charged with 24 counts of murder

Prosecutors charged a former neuroscience graduate student with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder in the Colorado theatre rampage

Written by Associated Press | Centennial,colorado | Published: July 31, 2012 12:09:26 am

Prosecutors on Monday charged a former neuroscience graduate student with 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder in the Colorado theatre rampage. Legal analysts expect the case to be dominated by arguments over his sanity.

James Holmes appeared just as dazed as he did in his first court appearance a week ago,but at one point he exchanged a few words with one of his attorneys in the packed courtroom.

The breakdown of the charges was not clear. The July 20 attack at a showing of the new Batman movie left 12 people dead and 58 others injured. After Holmes’s arrest outside the theatre,police said they found his apartment booby trapped. Among the charges was one count of possession of explosives.

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