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Colorado shooting suspect was seeing university psychiatrist

Defense attorneys for James Holmes filed court papers that say Holmes was being treated by a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado prior to the 'Dark Knight' shooting at an Aurora theater.

James Holmes, the primary suspect in the killing of 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, appears in Arapahoe County District Court with defense attorney Tamara Brady in Centennial, Colo. His defense attorneys are trying to find out who leaked information about a package Holmes sent to his psychiatrist at the University of Colorado.

(AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)

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The former graduate student accused in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting was being treated by a psychiatrist at the university where he studied, according to court papers filed Friday.

Defense attorneys for James Holmes, 24, made the disclosure in a court motion. It sought to discover the source of leaks to some media outlets that Holmes sent the psychiatrist a package containing a notebook with descriptions of an attack.

The motion says that the leak violated a judge's gag order in the case and jeopardizes Holmes' right to a fair trial.

"The government's disclosure of this confidential and privileged information has placed Mr. Holmes' constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial by an impartial jury in serious jeopardy," wrote the attorneys.

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The motion adds that the package contained communications between Holmes and his psychiatrist that should be shielded from public view. The document describes Holmes as a "psychiatric patient" of Dr. Lynne Fenton.

As The Christian Science Monitor reported, the contents of the package could be used by both sides in the legal case.


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