James Holmes Formally Charged in Massacre — 24 Counts of Murder

Breaking News 0723_james_holmes_tmz_mugshot_wmJames Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of 1st degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder after shooting up a Colorado movie theater this month — and if convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Holmes stands accused of murdering 12 people and wounding 58 during a midnight screening of “Dark Knight Rises” on July 20th in Aurora, CO — one of the most heinous shootings in US history.

The 24 counts of murder are split into two categories — 12 counts for premeditated murder, and 12 counts for murder “under circumstances evidencing an attitude of universal malice, manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life generally.”

Same deal for the 116 attempted murder charges — 58 counts of attempted premeditated murder, and 58 counts of murder with “universal malice.”

Holmes was also charged with one count of possession of an explosive, and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors have not decided whether they will pursue the death penalty, an option in the State of Colorado.

Holmes” next court date is August 9th.