Prosecutors in the Colorado movie theater shooting case indicated the suspect, former graduate student James Holmes, acted out of revenge. Holmes' defense maintains that their client is mentally ill.
Accused Colorado gunman James Holmes made threats as his academic career deteriorated and he accumulated an arsenal before a shooting rampage that killed 12 people at a suburban Denver movie theater last month, a prosecutor said on Thursday.
Holmes was "making threats and those threats were reported to police," prosecutor Karen Pearson said during a hearing on whether prosecutors can have access to his university records. Pearson did not elaborate on the nature of the threats.
Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student, is accused of opening fire on July 20 at a midnight screening of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and wounding 58.
Pearson portrayed Holmes, 24, as a young man whose record at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus was in tatters, saying he had failed oral board exams in early June and one of his professors had suggested he may not have been a good fit for the competitive Ph.D. program.
Subsequently, Holmes started making threats that were reported to police and he was barred from University of Colorado facilities before the shooting, she said.