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Monday, July 30, 2012

Alleged Batman shooter Holmes charged in Colorado shooting - faces death penalty

Accused Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was charged Monday morning with crimes relating to the massacre that left a dozen people dead. The 24-year-old man has been arraigned on 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.
Holmes is accused of opening fire in a crowded cinema on the morning of July 20 shortly after a midnight screening of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises began at an Aurora, CO theater. In addition to being charged with 140 counts related to murder, authorities are prosecuting him on one count of crime enhancer and one count of possession of an explosive device.
Craig Silverman, a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver, tells a local ABC affiliate that many legal experts expect the trial to be dominated by debates over Holmes’ health. In the days after the incident, it was reported to the media that Holmes had been seeing a psychiatrist before the massacre.
"I don't think it's too hard to predict the path of this proceeding," Craig Silverman tells the station. "This is not a whodunit. … The only possible defense is insanity."
If the court refuses to hear pleas of insanity likely to be introduced by Holmes’ attorney, he could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges.
The Century 16 movie theatre is seen from a memorial setup across the street on July 28, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado (AFP Photo / Joe Raedle)Today: 02:187 comments

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Obama vs. AK-47s

In a passionate plea delivered this week to address gun rights in America in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado massacre, US President Barack Obama asked for the country to reconsider just who can have access to high power firearms.
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Gun sales skyrocket after Colorado massacre

The theater shooting in Colorado last week continues to generate discussions about firearms in America, but it is doing more than just getting people to talk. Gun sales in Colorado have skyrocketed in the days since the Aurora, CO massacre.

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