DENVER, COLO. - The man accused in the Colorado movie theater shooting massacre was formally charged in court today.
James Holmes now faces 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. For the murder charges, one count included murder with deliberation, the other murder with extreme indifference. Both counts carry a maximum death penalty upon conviction; the minimum is life without parole.
Holmes is also charged with one count of possession of explosives. Authorities say he booby trapped his apartment.
The former neuroscience Ph.D. student is accused of opening fire during a midnight showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in an Aurora, Colo. theater, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others.
Legal analysts say much of the court case will focus on the defendant's sanity.
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