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Holmes psychiatrist warned of threat before attack in Aurora, Colo., theater

James Holmes, if convicted, faces the death penalty for last year’s massacre in an Aurora, Colo., theater.

Associated Press

James Holmes, if convicted, faces the death penalty for last year’s massacre in an Aurora, Colo., theater.

DENVER — A month before James Holmes was accused of carrying out a mass shooting in a movie theater, his university psychiatrist reported that Holmes had been having homicidal thoughts and was harassing her in emails and text messages, according to documents released Thursday.

The trove of search warrants unsealed more than eight months after the shooting brought to light some new details of Holmes' arrest, the arsenal he had assembled and the apartment he wired with explosive booby traps.

When police were able to defuse the traps and search his apartment, they found ammunition and explosives, role-playing computer games and a Batman mask, according to the documents. They also found more than 40 bottles and cans of beer, two bottles of rum and whiskey, and medications that included sedatives and antidepressants.

Holmes was a neuroscience student at the University of Colorado Denver, but by June he had effectively dropped out. After meeting with Holmes in June, the university psychiatrist, Lynne Fenton, was so concerned that she contacted campus police, the documents show.

Officer Lynn Whitten reported that she deactivated Holmes' student identification card June 12, after receiving the complaint.

Holmes, 25, is accused of killing 12 people and wounding scores during a July 20 midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. He was arrested outside the theater, dressed in black combat gear. When officers asked if anyone was with him, he replied, according to the documents, "It is just me."

Prosecutors rejected Holmes offer to plead guilty and said Monday they would seek the death penalty.

Holmes psychiatrist warned of threat before attack in Aurora, Colo., theater 04/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:12pm]
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