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Carli Richards, wounded in Aurora theater shooting, calls for James Holmes death penalty

carli richards.jpg
Carli Richards.
On Monday, accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes was charged with 142 counts, including attempted murder allegations involving 116 people. Among them is Carli Richards, who was wounded in the attack.

Now, Richards is publicly calling for Holmes to get the death penalty -- and not by lethal injection.

TMZ quotes Richards as saying, "I think death by firing squad would be totally justified.... Just injecting him is painless.

"I had enough needles in me that night to know that a needle isn't that bad. I want him to see what it feels like.... I wish someone would shoot him and let him bleed out," she adds. "He shot me with stuff they use to shoot birds and deer. I want him to feel what it's like to feel that helpless."

Richards's Facebook page, on which she dubs herself Carli DirtyRotten, features this Batman-symbol as a profile pic....

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...and a photo of a wound near her hip:

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Accompanying this image is a note from Sunday that reads, "One of the scabs fell off but there is still a giant hole. :( #aurora UGH. I JUST WANT TO GET BETTER!!!!!"

Richards's statements aren't simply personal expressions: They could have significance in court. Following Holmes's first hearing on July 23, 18th Judicial District DA Carol Chambers, the head prosecutor where the crime took place, said her office will be consulting with victims in regard to whether they view seeking the death penalty as appropriate. And while Chambers has only a few months left in office, she's likely to establish the direction of the case before she hands the DA gig to her successor.

As our Alan Prendergast has documented, Chambers is a vocal death penalty advocate -- meaning she probably won't need much convincing. Nonetheless, bold, unsolicited statements like the one from Richards can certainly be used as rationale in demanding the ultimate penalty for a man who's caused so many pain to so many.

More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archive: "Photos: Aurora theater shooting list of people James Holmes allegedly tried to kill."


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I would say she definitely has more right to an opinion on this subject than those who weren't at the theater that horrible night.

At the same time,  the media has every right to print and keep that night alive, feeding our minds w/ ANYTHING they consider news worthy.

It's for this VERY reason and a very important part of our Constitution, that his trial be moved FAR away from the media's INFECTED areas. Send it to Kansas or Missouri maybe, or do a trade off to address costs of out of state inmate housing. This state makes MILLIONS housing out of state prisoners and Gov Hick is perfectly capable of working this out.

In all fairness and reality, he couldn't get a truly fair trial ANYWHERE but Aurora could at least pretend they are trying......

bruceusa2086
bruceusa2086

or even better, behead him and make him watch the blade drop down on him.

bruceusa2086
bruceusa2086

why don't we give him the electric chair or the gas chamber? they are just as painful as the firing squad.

detsandytrappie
detsandytrappie

Well, unfortunately for her.  That's not how we do things here in the good old US of A.  We don't punish the guilty, we punish the innocent.  They will her psych meds for her obvious rage disorder and she will be the next sad story we read about.

Paul Vincent Saurini
Paul Vincent Saurini

don't become your enemy... whether he deserves it or not, people are better forgiving for themselves

artsi78
artsi78

In regard to some of these comments... What the hell is wrong with you people? What did this girl ever do to you? How can people be so cruel when someone has been hurt like this, as to say mean things about them instead of offering empathy? 

bianca328
bianca328

*She* seems *creepy*, but you guys are cyber-stalking her? Makes perfect sense. XD

Kendall Smith
Kendall Smith

He should be put in front of a firing squad and shoot with rubber bullets til he is dead!!!

James Russell
James Russell

You have my vote!!! I CAN'T F$#KING BELIEVE they are saying his trial is going to take years! This is going to be a huge waste of money on a piece of crap individual that really just deserves to have his head slammed in a jail door....accidentally.... darn. Kill him, he is vermin, absolutely.

Chris Rixman
Chris Rixman

It's good to see we're socializing such morons! no wonder there are people out there who hold such depravied indifference. Ironically in the first Batman Katie holmes does this rendition of the difference between justice and revenge, were revenge is about making those harmed feel better and justice is about harmony and making things right. good to see everyone with thier logic and executioners hood can tell the difference.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

HipTip -- Death is NOT a Penalty.

 

Think about it.

 

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Courtenay Fluhr
Courtenay Fluhr

We all are alike in many ways; however, society teaches us to act accordingly. Some people can't control themselves long enough to function like society wants. Society needs to realize that we all have a little crazy dysfunction in us; and some can't create the mask that hides who they truely are. This guy couldn't hide it anymore. He is used to being in a anti social setting as well; keeping him in isolation is like feeding him a luxurious dinner every night. A proper justification would be to pellet Holmes with bullets.

SeizeTheDay
SeizeTheDay

Putting him to death is doing him a favor.  He is trapped inside a mind of a lunatic and he's not going to survive in prison.  The state will essentially be putting him out of his misery, while the scars and pain of the victims and their families will be forever.  Nothing done to him  will suffice or make it better.  Nothing will.  But we want someone to pay, right?  That is the conundrum that is the death penalty. 

kwame
kwame

Spending your whole life on 23 hour lockdown is IMO a much worse sentence than Death, especially for these type of disconnected w/ reality folks. 

Shanti Klemm
Shanti Klemm

Though he will get and deserves the death penalty, it's only putting him out of his misery. He's a lonely, sick individual who will never make it in prison. Putting him to death is doing him a favor.

Tony Henriksen
Tony Henriksen

really carter rehabilitate him are you smoking crack

kysanne
kysanne

honestly, WHO CARES?  Victims are entitled to their opinions, as is everyone else.  Is it newsworthy?  Hardly, when you sink to the level of rebroadcasting facebook pictures and TMZ interviews it's time to take a hard look at what you're passing off as 'journalism'.

guest
guest

How do they weigh each statement from victims and their families?  The woman who lost two grandchildren and now has a paralyzed daughter is against the death penalty. 

WhiteNoise
WhiteNoise

She is clearly old and mature enough to have their view considered in seeking the death penalty. Carli comes across a little irrational.

franklin
franklin

Oh yeah---super. That'll fix everything.

 

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

He deserves a trial and to be treated humanely during his incarceration. It's what makes us better than the likes of him.

Katie Rotvold
Katie Rotvold

I totally agree! Why let him sit and have everything given to him. Let the victims and family all have one shot. Why give him a needle when he viciously murdered 12 people and causing a family not only to lose one but two children. I say once he is sentenced a 30 day appeal 30 days to deny it then 24 hours to put him down like a lame horse!

Aaron Wall
Aaron Wall

Send him to Texas, they'll find something creative to do with him.

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

if someone shot me I think I would be angry enough to say that but as time goes by wasting our energy on what should happen to a mass murderer is probably not a healthy good use of our time or energy. I think he will be on suicide watch and someone will forget to watch one day. Remember this guy was a doctoral candidate for NeuroBiology. He knows crazy very well and is probably realistically playing the part very well. He had access to a lot of major mind altering drugs and he had a psychologist. They need to release what drugs he was taking and if he was mixing his own special cocktails? He will implode and hopefully our tax dollars won't be wasted on trying to defend him.

Steven Mcbride
Steven Mcbride

Obviously we shouldn't make him suffer for his actions.

Phil Knight
Phil Knight

I like what Carli said "let him bleed out"... He does not deserve to still be breathing !

Charlotte
Charlotte

 @detsandytrappie What are you talking about? I know our legal system isn't perfect (far from it), but we punish a lot of people. Bound to be some guilty ones in there. We're one of the few that still implements the death penalty. I'm not commenting on the morality of the death penalty, but ... it happens, and it happens to guilty people. I don't know that you're correct.

PalmalaHanderson
PalmalaHanderson

 @artsi78

 She has a cut on her stomach and she's calling for the death penalty.

 

Plus - we're commenting on a blog for a fucking VV fish wrapper, what do you expect?

my2cents
my2cents

And yet you commented on it anyway...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kysanne 

 

But how would we know what Lady Caca and Snookie are tweeting about this tragedy?

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BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

 @WhiteNoise I feel sorry for Cali's ex-boyfriends.  She seems the type to stalk them and then boil their pet rabbits alive after getting dumped.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @franklin 

 

Sounds rational ... execute someone with a gun ... to show them that executing people with a gun is bad.

 

Not.

PalmalaHanderson
PalmalaHanderson

 @BackOffImStarving

 I was thinking the same thing! She'd let you band her on the first date and then scratch "asshole" into your car the next morning if you did'nt want to be her boyfriend...

PalmalaHanderson
PalmalaHanderson

 @b_smith1015

 What up Brain? You don't know fuck all... I have been shot, by my brother, during an arguement, in the right shoulder. It's been fucked up for over 20 years. He was having a hard time, I forgave him. He dosen't have some stupid-ass Batman FB page.

 

And also not a faggot, fucked lots of attention starved whores who told me "let's party" that night then "why don't you love me?" the next day. So she gives off that essence, don't fret.

 

So some broad that caught some shrapnel and will live to see another day should embrace that day, and let the attention go to people who deserve it.

 

So my opinion does matter, and a hearty FUCK YOU to you.

b_smith1015
b_smith1015

 @PalmalaHanderson what up ya cunt. I actually know Carli and she wouldn't hurt an animal let alone be a crazy bitch like that. Just cuz someone wants their own form of justice doesn't make them deranged. All of you fucking faggots need to get off your fucking high horses and put yourself in her situation. It's easy to act one way about something if you haven't been on the other side. Please repost when someone shoots you the fuck up. Then your opinion might matter.

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