NPR : News

Documents: Psychiatrist Warned Alleged Colorado Theater Shooter Was Threat

A University of Colorado Denver psychiatrist warned campus police that James Holmes, who is accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., was a threat to the public.

That's according to a search warrant unsealed along with other documents on Thursday by an Arapahoe County District Judge.

The Denver Post reports:

"[Campus police officer Lynn] Whitten, told Aurora investigator Will Hinton that she had been advised by Dr. Lynne Fenton that "through her contact with James Holmes, she was reporting, per her requirement, his danger to the public due to homicidal statements he had made,' the warrant says.

"Whitten said Fenton had reported that 'she had been treating Holmes and that Holmes had stopped seeing her and had begun threatening her via text message,' the affidavit says.

"On July 21, Aurora Police Sgt. Bob Wesner spoke with Whitten. She advised him that Fenton had reported the threats by Holmes on June 12, 2012 and she had deactivated his student ID — which gave him access to buildings on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus — that same day."

Prosecutors have said they would seek the death penalty in Holmes' case. He's accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 in a mass shooting last July at a movie theater.

Colorado's 9News has posted all the documents. The news station reports that following the shootings police say they found a "Batman mask, a jar of bullets, a 12-gauge firearm, white powder and computer parts" in Holmes' car.

"Police found college books, alcohol, an empty container of Potassium permanganate - which has industrial and chemical uses, and prescription drugs in his apartment," 9News reports.

The documents were released after NPR, The Denver Post and other media sued to have them unsealed.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
NPR

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

NPR

Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.