Breaking News of the Day: James Holmes Charged With 12 Counts Of First-Degree Murder

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Breaking News of the Day: James Holmes Charged With 12 Counts Of First-Degree Murder
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James Holmes, the suspect in the July 20 shooting massacre at a Colorado movie theater that killed 12, has been charged with 12 counts of first-degree murder, 12 counts of murder with extreme indifference, and 116 counts of attempted murder.

He faces, at minimum, life in prison without parole, and at maximum, the death penalty.

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Say What Now of the Day

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Say What Now of the Day
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Not even a week since suspect James Holmes shot up a Colorado movie theater -- killing 12 -- and asshat comedian Dane Cook treats his audience at the Laugh Factory to the following:

So I heard that the guy came into the theater about 25 minutes into the movie. And I don't know if you've seen the movie, but the movie is pretty much a piece of crap. Yea, spoiler alert.

I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like 'ugh f**king shoot me.'

Too soon, bro. TOO SOON.

[dailycaller]

Colorado Shooting News of the Day

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Colorado Shooting News of the Day
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James Holmes -- the suspect in Friday's mass shooting at an Aurora, CO, premiere of The Dark Knight Rises that killed 12 and wounded nearly 50 -- appeared in court for the first time this morning.

Holmes, who sported red hair and appeared sedated, was informed that he will be formally charged next Monday with first degree murder. He will kept in custody until then on a no-bail hold.

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Breaking News: Was Colorado Shooter Dressed As The Joker?

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Breaking News: Was Colorado Shooter Dressed As The Joker?
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James Holmes, the 24-year-old gunman who killed 12 at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises early today, is alleged to have been dressed as the Joker at the time of the shooting, according to NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly:

We have some information, most of it is public. It clearly looks like a deranged individual. He had his hair painted red, he said he was "The Joker," obviously the "enemy" of Batman.

Earlier reports say Holmes was dressed in full body armor. Kelly and his spokesman have not said who briefed him.

Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates would not confirm the information about Holmes, but confirmed he had spoken to Kelly.

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Developing: Gunman Kills 12 At Colorado Dark Knight Rises Premiere [UPDATED]

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Developing: Gunman Kills 12 At Colorado Dark Knight Rises Premiere [UPDATED]
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A masked gunman identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, armed with a rifle, a shotgun, and two handguns, entered a theater outside Denver, CO, this morning just minutes after the 12:05 a.m. premiere of The Dark Knight Rises began, killing at least 12 people and wounding at least 71.

A witness said Holmes entered the Aurora theater through the emergency exit, "threw a canister across the theater," unleashing gas, "then started shooting." Another witness said movie-goers were confused; they thought the sound of gunfire was from the movie.

Witness Christ Jones told Denver ABC affiliate KMGH:

We were maybe 20 or 30 minutes into the movie and all you hear, first you smell smoke, everybody thought it was fireworks or something like that, and then you just see people dropping and the gunshots are constant. I heard at least 20 to 30 rounds within that minute or two.

Holmes was arrested outside the theater. Officials are searching his apartment, which is "booby-trapped" with "very sophisticated" explosives.

Holmes had no history with police other than a speeding ticket. He went to high school in San Diego; he was studying medicine at the University of Colorado Denver but withdrew last month. Two of the medical school's facilities have been closed.

Here's what we know:

[lat / dailyintel]