The Dark Knight Massacre Shooter may face the Death Penalty
The shooter of accused of killing 12 people and wounding over 50 people has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
James Holmes, who was arrested behind a suburban Denver multiplex minutes after the 20 July shooting at a packed showing of The Dark Knight Rises, also faces 116 counts of attempted murder in one of the worst outbursts of US gun violence in recent years.
A lot of the people that were wounded in the attack remain in critical condition in hospital. And in a trial that could take months to conclude, depending on the survival rate, these charges could escalate. He has also been charged with being in the possession of explosive devices.
According to arresting Authorities, Holmes called himself “The Joker” and experts say his mental state could play an important role in the case. Certainly think that would be his only hope for survival. Question is, does he deserve that?
Police said Holmes was armed on the night of the shooting with a Smith & Wesson M&P .223 semi-automatic rifle, similar to an AR-15 assault rifle; a 12-gauge shotgun and a Glock .40-calibre handgun, according to police. An additional Glock .40-calibre handgun was found in his car. All the weapons had been bought legally in the previous 60 days.
Various state and federal gun laws have come into question. The USA is a nation fascinated by gun use, possession and apparently violence.
On a lighter side, victims of the massacre have been comforted by the stars of the action fliek, The Dark Knight Rises. Christian Bale spent some time with some of the victims as well as Chris Nolan writing an open letter to the victims.