James Holmes, the man behind the death of 12 people and 58 wounded in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, is now facing 24 charges of first degree homicide, 116 homicide attempts, one of explosive possession and one more for violent felony. His sentence would be life in prison or the death penalty.
William Sylvester, the judge in charge of the trial, asked Holmes if he was willing to abandon his right for a preliminary hearing within the next 35 days. Holmes answered ‘yes’, this was the only word he said during the hearing.
Afterwards Sylvester called for another hearing on August 9, to answer a request of 21 local and national media to lift the secrecy of the investigation, which was imposed by the judge on the day of the massacre. AV