James Holmes Officially Charged With 140 Criminal Charges
James Holmes, the alleged suspect in the Aurora shooting, was charged today with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.
Prosecutors filled official charges today, but have not announced yet if they will pursue the death penalty. Holmes is represented by a public defender who asked for more time before entering an official plea.
Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 on the night of July 20. He entered an Aurora movie theater at the midnight showing of the Batman: Dark Knight Rises and opened fire.
We now know that the PhD. student was treated by a school psychiatrist the last several months before the attack for some kind of mental disorder, school officials have not released any of his school and medical records sitting the court gag order. Holmes even mailed his psychiatrist a notebook detailing the massacre he was planning a week before he actually did it, but sadly his psychiatrist didn’t receive the notebook in time.
Even though the judged put a gag order in place preventing police from speak to the media, an inside source has shared that Holmes is claiming that he doesn’t know why he is in jail. The source also says Holmes has been spitting at prison guards and is wearing a protective mask 24/7. He’s been in solitary confinement ever since he was arrested. The police believe Holmes is faking the amnesia gearing up for insanity plea.
Holmes’ parents have refused to cooperate with the police and are saying they are supporting their son.