Colorado shooting suspect charged with 24 counts of murder

Posted: July 30, 2012 at 8:17 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2012 at 11:41 a.m.

In this image taken from video provided by, James Holmes, left, the suspected gunman the Aurora, Colo., theater massacre, makes his first appearance in court with his attorney Tamara Brady in Centennial, Colo. on Monday, July 23, 2012.

— 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 Monday 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 was also charged with a one count of possession of explosives. Authorities said 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.