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. banasy©

    I would think that as a student of the neurosciences, he would know exactly what do to fake it...
    Those poor, poor victims.

    July 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • flowergilrl2020

      this guy is stinkin MAD...insane....his dna unraveled.....

      July 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @banasy, yes I'm sure he does. He probably manipulated his psychiatrist and played her like a fiddle. I have zero empathy for him.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    @banasye exactly.A crafty one there for you.
    One cannot sympathize enough with affected families.

    July 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. flowergilrl2020

    Wonder if we try using ...It was God's plan....looks like it's working good for Georgie....God has a plan for both of them..xo xo

    July 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    The name of the program was 'Colorado shooter and medications'.
    One big violent storm does not equal a million smaller ones, though. Goto and read of those who chose hammer or knife, scissors or even their own teeth vs. classmates and parents. And if you are into crashing strangers funerals electronically, on the website is a scrolling list of the names of ssri attack victims. Load-up on RIPs befor ya go. 🙂

    July 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I will have to check that out. I had no idea that Dr. Tracey examined him personally.

      July 27, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    lmao. Many of you sound like an old lady with a bloody knife in her hand claiming the insanity defense.
    This man was NOT insane! He was under the influence of LEGAL drugs! NOT "INSANE". sheeshka!
    Man. Some of you grasp at straws to hang on to your precious xanax or whatever.

    July 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      You have evidence of this? You have seen the toxicology reports? Or are you one of those who just pulls stuff out of his behind? What do YOUR eyes look like?

      July 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Dr. Tracy had also mention many patients on prozac or zanic, say "they just don't know how to put the breaks on". The drugs are in control of their mind, not them.

    July 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      And Dr. Dolittle mentioned that he talks to animals. You'll pardon me if I don't take the word of some defense lawyer's paid witness.

      July 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Froggish

    Yeah yeah yeah. With all the protection these guys get, you start to wonder if the U.S. Govt is behind it all. One thing is for sure another mass killing is on it's way

    July 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hope

    Rest in Peace


    July 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    2 Michael 7:23, Please see my post @ 11:08
    Btw, Do you have evidence to the contrary?

    July 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gold Dragon©™

    @dazzle. I agree with your posts.

    However, if he wants to play the Insanity game, he should get electroshock therapy and made to suffer daily until he dies a slow agnonizing death.

    July 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gold Dragon©™

    @ Monica.. That a well rounded figure.

    July 27, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope


      Round is right. Good thing she's beautiful
      She can wear her ththththong thong thong
      thong as aaaa headband!


      July 28, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    Damn a stupid copy cat fool with 12 weapons calling himself "the joker" with 40 boxs of ammo about to shoot up his company ,Pitny Bowles, 2 miles from me. what da hell!

    July 28, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      We all knew that would happen. Unfortunately.

      July 28, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      yeah I know, but so close to my home outside of DC, and when he was arrested today at his apt in AnnArundle Co. MD this ex info tech. employee was wearing a t-shirt with" guns dont kill people,i do " on it.

      July 28, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      It is fortunate that they got him before he did any damage to his fellow employees. Thank God.

      July 28, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gold Dragon©™

    @ s kel. I live outside of DC also and I was shocked today with the news about this "stupid copy cat fool".

    July 28, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. dazzle ©

    @job opening, I think it is too early in the game to pass judgement on his psychiatrist. We don't know how many times he went to see her nor what he was diagnosed with and what the prognosis is. If he was being treated by CBT, that would require multiple visits. Eg) If this diagnosis was sociopath or psychosis, the psychiatrist would have to perfom multiple tests such as a CAT Scan, blood work up etc...Once a diagnosis is determined then treatment modalities begin. My feeling is with a mind like Holmes he can twist and turn what he says with his doctor and he probably lied many times. Again regardless of what his purported diagnosis is, he should be put to death immediately.

    July 28, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. ronvan

    I think the vast majority of us KNEW that the old "INSANITY" plea was coming. BUT, I do not care!! This "thing" needs to be put out of its misery! Now we are going to hear about this for a long time, while "it" is probed, examined, evaluated, and in the end MAYBE be put in a nut house so WE can pay the bill. This "copycat" wannabe. Well right now we will have to wait and see what he was up to. Forget the number of weapons he had, but again, WHY! For me there is a BIG difference in owning a couple of weapons, and having enough to start your own war!

    July 28, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
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