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Colorado Massacre Suspect Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder

Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes (L) sits with public defender Tamara Brady during his first court appearance in Aurora, Colorado, July 23, 2012.Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes (L) sits with public defender Tamara Brady during his first court appearance in Aurora, Colorado, July 23, 2012.
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Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes (L) sits with public defender Tamara Brady during his first court appearance in Aurora, Colorado, July 23, 2012.
Colorado shooting suspect James Eagan Holmes (L) sits with public defender Tamara Brady during his first court appearance in Aurora, Colorado, July 23, 2012.
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The suspect in a U.S. movie theater massacre has been charged with multiple counts of first degree murder and attempted murder, for the shooting attack in which 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded.
 
Prosecutors filed formal charges Monday against suspect James Holmes in the western state of Colorado. They say they will decide whether to seek the death penalty in the coming weeks.
 
Authorities say Holmes went on a shooting rampage in the city of Aurora July 20. The attack took place during the midnight screening of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.  Police say Holmes threw a tear gas bomb in the theater before opening fire on the audience.
 
  • Marietta Perkins prays during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • A view of the memorial site for the victims is seen behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012.
  • Isaac Pacheco leaves a birthday card for his friend Alex Sullivan, who was killed Denver-area movie killings, at a memorial site for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012.
  • Isaac Pacheco (C) is comforted after leaving a birthday card for his friend Alex Sullivan, who was killed in the Denver-area movie killings, at a memorial site for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado Jul
  • People grieve during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • People grieve during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • People embrace before a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 20, 2012.
  • A memorial of flowers is set up for victims on a hillside behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 21, 2012.
Colorado Shooting Victims Memorial
Reporters at the courthouse Monday say Holmes appeared just as unemotional as he did in his first court appearance a week ago. 
 
Holmes, a former Ph.D. student in neuroscience, has refused to talk to police.
 
In all, prosecutors filed 142 charges against Holmes, including counts of murder with extreme indifference, attempted murder and possession of explosives. 
 
After Holmes' arrest outside the movie theater, police said they found his apartment booby trapped with explosive devices.
 
Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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