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

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

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.

[@ProducerMatthew]

Badvertising of the Day

Favorite
Badvertising of the Day
- -

Maurice Clements, who commissioned this billboard outside Boise, ID, to honor the memory of Libertarian Ralph Smeed, says his group is angry at President Obama for not bringing the troops home:

We're all outraged over that killing in Aurora, CO, but we're not outraged over the boys killed in Afghanistan.

After criticism mounted, however, Clements softened his stance.

That's a technique of trying to make a point, and maybe it was poorly done.

[shortformblog]

Colorado Shooting News of the Day

Favorite
Colorado Shooting News of the Day
- -

An anonymous Colorado law enforcement official is reporting -- despite a gag order -- that James Holmes, the suspect in Friday's deadly shooting, sent a notebook to a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado prior to the massacre that was "full of details about how he was going to kill people."

The official says the notebook was sitting in a university mailroom for almost two weeks:

Inside the package was a notebook full of details about how he was going to kill people… There were drawings of what he was going to do in it — drawings and illustrations of the massacre. Among the images shown in the spiral-bound notebook's pages were gun-wielding stick figures blowing away other stick figures.

The notebook reportedly is in the hands of the FBI, which is refusing to comment under the gag order.

[mediaite]

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

Favorite
This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day
- -

Since Friday's massacre at a Colorado movie theater that killed 12, a number of Facebook pages have popped up paying tribute to alleged shooter James Holmes.

The largest and most horrifying page, written as if by Holmes himself, was launched Friday, before many of the victims had even been identified. The frequent posts are intended to shock -- they mock the victims of the shooting, and one includes a Photoshopped image of Holmes receiving the Medal of Honor from President Obama.

Now, four days later, the page remains active, despite numerous requests to Facebook to shut it down:

The anonymous author of the fan page has commented on nearly every photo and is often ridiculing people who are expressing their disgust at the page that many have commented, "goes too far" and is "too soon." He also has posted a note that says the page has been reported numerous times to Facebook and "nothing has happened." It's not possible to tell how often or if the page has been flagged by other users, but it features comments from thousands of Facebook users who are calling for its deletion using profanity-laced language and threats to the faux Facebook Holmes.

Still, it's heartening that most of the reactions have been negative. Here's the best Facebook comment, as judged by Denver blogger Michael Roberts:

The amount of comments against this kind of humor is actually a positive thing. I'm glad that although many people cannot spell or use grammar, they are still not as f**ked up as I thought Americans were. ♥ oh and whoever made this page needs to be sterilized.

[cbsdenver]

Colorado Shooting News of the Day

Favorite
Colorado Shooting News of the Day
- -

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.

[tmz]

Colorado Shooting Update of the Day

Favorite
Colorado Shooting Update of the Day
- -

Saturday brought inconsolable grief to families of slain theater-goers, as authorities began to identify the deceased in the shooting at an Aurora, CO movie theater. Authorities and eyewitnesses have also helped piece together an idea of how the horrific scene played out early Friday morning.

The Denver Post released an info graphic of the theater, which sheds light on alleged gunman James Holmes' path of destruction. The Post also compiled an image of the type of armor and weapons Holmes is reported to have used in the attack.

President Barack Obama, in his weekly address, spoke about the incident and offered the support of the federal government in bringing the perpetrator to justice.

Police set off a small, controlled explosion at Holmes' apartment, and the police department is "confident that they've eliminated all major threats inside the apartment."

Christian Bale, star of The Dark Knight Rises, is the latest person associated with the film to express remorse over the incident:

Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.

The suspect, James Holmes, is locked in solitary confinement. He has exhibited irrational behavior and remains on suicide watch, while other inmates talk about wanting to kill him.

National tragedies don't come without at least one group making outrageous claims as to who is ultimately responsible. Fred Jackson of the American Family Association wasted little time blaming the ACLU, gays and liberal churches.

[photo: yahoo]