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Thu Aug 9, 2012, 05:41 PM

Accused Colorado shooter has "mental illness," defense attorney says [View all]

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Accused Colorado shooter James Holmes, charged with murder over a shooting rampage last month at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, has a "mental illness" and tried to get help before the shootings, his defense attorney said in court on Thursday.

Holmes, who is accused of opening fire at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in the suburb of Aurora, was present during a hearing in which a judge was considering a request by 20 media organizations to unseal documents related to his case.

Holmes' public defender, Daniel King, repeatedly made references to his client's unspecified mental illness.

"He tried to get help with his mental illness," King said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/09/us-usa-shooting-denver-illness-idUSBRE8781DT20120809



Lawyers: Colo. shooting suspect is mentally ill
By By P. SOLOMON BANDA – 8 minutes ago

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings said Thursday their client is mentally ill and that they need more time to assess the nature of his illness.

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Defense attorney Daniel King made the revelation about Holmes as he argued defense attorneys need more information from prosecutors and investigators to assess their client.

"We cannot begin to assess the nature and the depth of Mr. Holmes' mental illness until we receive full disclosure," he said.

King said Holmes sought out university psychiatrist Lynne Fenton for help. A hearing was scheduled for Aug. 16 to establish whether there was a doctor-patient relationship between them.

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