The University of Colorado psychiatrist who saw James Holmes once had warned campus police last June – a month before the movie-theater shooting – that he posed a danger, newly released court documents show.
Defense lawyers for James Holmes, the former graduate student accused of murder in a Colorado movie theater shooting, say their client has a mental illness. Meanwhile, news organizations requested that files in the case be unsealed.
After the charges were read, prosecutors and defense attorneys sparred over whether a notebook that news reports said Holmes sent to his psychiatrist and had descriptions of the attack was privileged information.
The charges against the suspect, James Holmes, include 24 counts of first-degree murder (two counts per victim) and 116 counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors say a decision on whether to pursue the death penalty in this case could be months away.