Document: Suspect in theater shooting was psychiatrist's patient
July 27th, 2012
03:37 PM ET

Document: Suspect in theater shooting was psychiatrist's patient

Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes was a patient of a University of Colorado psychiatrist before last week's attack at a movie theater that killed 12 people and wounded scores, according to a court document filed Friday by his lawyers.

The disclosure was in a request by Holmes (pictured) for authorities to immediately hand over a package he sent to Dr. Lynne Fenton at the university's Anschutz Medical Campus.

According to Holmes' request, the package seized by authorities under a July 23 search warrant was a protected communication.

"The materials contained in that package include communications from Mr. Holmes to Dr. Fenton that Mr. Holmes asserts are privileged," the document said. "Mr. Holmes was a psychiatric patient of Dr. Fenton, and his communications with her are protected."

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  1. James Hunt

    In memory of Aurora, CO: Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, hero's and families thereof... Thus we have created a website in efforts to be more aware and prevent something like this in the future. We know we can't control the gun laws but if we can collaborate with a data base the purchases an individual makes then we are aware and can do something about it if need be.

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