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University of Colorado releases thousands of James Holmes-related emails

At the request of media organizations, the University of Colorado released over 3,000 emails pertaining to James Holmes, the former graduate student accused of killing 12 and wounding 58 at the premier of a 'Batman' movie this summer in Aurora, Colo.

By Keith CoffmanReuters / December 5, 2012

This courtroom sketch shows suspect James Holmes, (r.), being escorted into court by a sheriff's deputy for a motions hearing in district court in Centennial, Colo., in August. On Wednesday, the University of Colorado released over 3,000 emails concerning Holmes and the Aurora movie theater shooting.

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Faculty at the University of Colorado, in the hours after the July shooting rampage at a suburban Denver theater, reacted with a flurry of concerned emails and offered support to students as they realized the suspected gunman may have been one of their own, documents released on Wednesday showed.

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James Holmes, a 24-year-old former neuroscience graduate student at the university's Denver campus, is accused of opening fire during a midnight screening of the movie "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people and wounding 58.

The school released roughly 3,800 e-mails on Wednesday pertaining to Holmes following an open records request by several media organizations. One of those e-mails, from a professor of computational bioscience, revealed that Holmes had briefly dated a fellow graduate student.

"He was a grad student here and, it turns out, had a brief romantic relationship with one of the grad students in my program last fall," the professor, Larry Hunter, wrote in a July 20 e-mail. "She, fortunately, it turns out is in India right now. She knows, and is pretty freaked out."

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