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. chrissy

    lol @ little mister, BUMS? Now why would you go and say something like that?

    July 28, 2012 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    lol very funny @ philips troll! Aint it past your bedtime? Why dont you and hopes troll take yourselves off to bed now.

    July 28, 2012 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • s kel

      lol hi chrissy, hey thank u for sending me the vid. on Detroit fires. Did you read my post on here about the nut in Maryland that had 12 weapons including semi auto assulalt rifles and had inented to use them on his former work place which is only two miles from me?

      July 28, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. dr. watson

    @ little mister/4:28- I remember that speach. It was as believable as this guys defense will be.

    July 28, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    Personally I do not care if this "thing" is crazy or not! "It" gave up any rights, to include being a human being, when "it" carried out this HIGHLY THOUGHT out plan! Months to plan, buy weapons, ammo, protective gear, building homemade bombs, tripwires, to kill even more innocent people! This crazy term, excuse, has gotten way out of hand, being thrown around for anything. The ONLY punishment this "thing" and others like "it" should get is DEATH, without mercy and quickly!

    July 28, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    How about apologizing to me "little mister."

    July 28, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    @little mister, if that were true why do you continue to troll me and my child? You wouldn't like that if I did that to you. Do yourself a favor and go out and pick pears and walnuts from your trees. You do understand what I am saying don't you?

    July 28, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Is this a case where the student exceeds the teacher?

    July 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nash Young

    Then the man shouldn't troll. Everytime you or he gets on, you both start to steal names and post rot about pizza choices and other stuipidity under their names. And we arew supposed to feel sorry for you/him when you post some fable about how he's crying and hysterical? Whoop de do.

    July 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    I have not one ounce of sympathy for little mister and his thousands of other user names. Too bad he is cowardly and won't post under his good guy user name and shock the blog world.

    July 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Guess why America is dependant on oil. It's not for gasoline, because only about 5% of crude oil is refined into gasoline. (10% jet fuel)
    Since the 1970s we've had the technology to use natural gas to fuel US. There is no NEED for oil as fuel. (except homes still using home heating oil, few there are)
    We need oil for plastic, otherwise we would chop down every tree on earth for wood.
    And pharmaceuticals need millions of barrels of crude. Mind altering pharmaceuticals are all based on petroleum molecules. Aleric reactions to ingesting oil are well known, and include Columbine kids.
    Fear not. Soon, the 15% of our population addicted to drugs will either be weaned or in prison. Those who truly need pharmaceuticals will have brand new ones based on stem cells rather than petroleum molecules. (no side effects)

    July 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Now you know what stem cell research is really about.

    July 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hamsta

    By cnn's own admission gun control laws will fix absolutely nothong, but cracking down on these quack doctors and their mind altering substances might produce results. The quack doctors and Zoloft (.an antidepressant used to treat adhd) is what caused Colombine after all.

    July 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      Hamsta it is good to have a voice of reason amongst us. Dont stay away so long.

      July 29, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Anti-deppresants aren't used to treat ADHD.

      July 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      check again banasy, my best friend is a product of the special ed department. That's exactly what those quacks prescribed him for his false diagnosis of adhd. It seems if you get in a fight at certain schools they throw you in special ed label you and medicate you until you are unable to learn anything. After being asked to read him his mail I as a high school dropout did what those "professionals" couldn't do in 13 years: TEACH HIM HOW TO READ.

      July 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You'te friend may have a quack for a doctor.
      I am not saying the the Columbine kids were not taking Zoloft, I am saying they were not prescribed for ADHD.
      And I checked again.
      From the various doctors I know.
      Zoloft is not prescribed for ADHD, false or real.

      July 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And I don't mean any disrespect, but how old is your friend, anyway?
      Zololft wasn"t even introduced until 1991.
      It is also not really used for adolescents, special education or not.

      I am not, however, going to get into a dustup with you over this.

      Nice to see you, Hamsta.

      July 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Good to visit Banasy, my friend was in high school at that tim and yes it has been used as an adhs medication. Just like the main Ingredient in rogaine is nonoxynel 9, the the spermicide found in trojan condoms.

      July 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TvNyC

    He will get death penalty.

    July 29, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. TvNyC

    Hello banasyyy

    July 29, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    It is very true Arnold that these microbloggers and ankle biters are the worst. I am here all the time and will answer any questions that you have. hage

    July 29, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
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