CNN: Batman Shooter Was Psychiatric PatientSubmitted by SteveMT on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 21:43
Lawyers: James Holmes Was Psychiatric Patient Prior to Shooting
Defense claims that a package sent to the doctor before the massacre can't be used in court.
By Abby Ohlheiser and Cindy Ok | Posted Friday, July 27, 2012, at 4:20 PM ET
UPDATE: James Holmes was a patient of a University of Colorado psychiatrist prior to last week's mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, the suspected gunman's lawyers said in court documents filed Friday.
CNN explains that that disclosure came in a formal request for authorities to hand over a package that Holmes had sent to Anschutz Medical Campus psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton before the shooting. Holmes' public defenders argue that because of his professional relationship with Fenton, the package—which unconfirmed reports suggest contained details and sketches of his deadly plan—is protected communication and can't be used by the prosecution.
District Court Judge William Blair Sylvester set a hearing on the request for Monday, the same day that Holmes is scheduled to be formally charged in the shooting.
Friday, July 27, 10:03 a.m.: A judge has barred the university at which James Holmes was studying neuroscience in the months before last week's movie theater shooting from releasing any records pertaining to his time there.