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James Holmes was charged in a Colorado shooting that killed 12 and injured 58 on July 20, 2012.
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Investigators are exploring whether Holmes obtained any of the chemicals used in these devices from the university.
Prior to this incident, Holmes did not have a criminal record in the United States. He is being held in solitary confinement at the Arapahoe Detention Center. According to the New York Daily News, Holmes has been acting "crazy" and "spitting at everything."
Holmes made his first court appearance on July 23, 2012. Seven days later, he was charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder, as well as two charges related to the possession of serious weapons.
In March 2013, Holmes made an offer to plead guilty to the charges in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of parole. This move would have allowed Holmes to avoid the death penalty. But the prosecutors rejected his offer, choosing instead to move forward with the case against Holmes.
The Arapahoe Country District Attorney George Brauchler was unwilling to accept a life sentence for Holmes, believing that the accused deserved a more severe punishment for his alleged crimes. "It’s my determination and my intention that in this case, for James Eagan Holmes, justice is death," Brauchler said, according to NBC News. Holmes is expected to go on trial in August.
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