published Monday, July 30th, 2012

Colorado suspect charged with 24 counts of murder

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    A Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal is pinned to cross for John Larimer, who was in the U.S. Navy, on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at a memorial across from the movie theater in Aurora, Colo. where twelve people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a shooting attack on July 20. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and P. SOLOMON BANDA

CENTENNIAL, Colo. β€” Colorado prosecutors have formally charged a former doctorate student with 24 counts of murder in the shooting at an Aurora movie theater.

Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes appeared today and was also formally charged with 116 counts of attempted murder.

Twelve people were killed and 58 people were wounded or injured. The breakdown of the charges was not immediately clear.

He’s also charged with a one count of possession of explosives. Authorities say he booby trapped his apartment.

Holmes was arrested early July 20 outside a Century 16 theater in Aurora during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie.

Legal analysts expect his court the case to be dominated by arguments over his sanity.

Holmes was a student at the University of Colorado Denver before withdrawing last month.

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