'Dark Knight' Massacre Suspect: The Latest
By ETONLINE STAFF
July 27, 2012
A week has passed since July 20th's horrific movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, and in the days following, we've come to learn a great deal about The Dark Knight massacre's prime suspect, James Holmes.
Court documents filed by the 24-year-old suspected gunman's lawyers today revealed Holmes was a patient of a University of Colorado psychiatrist prior to last week's mass shooting.
Additionally, unconfirmed reports claim that Holmes, a neuroscience student at the university, had mailed a notebook filled with gruesome sketches and details of his plans for the attack to Anschutz Medical Campus psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton before the shooting. The notebook was in a package sent to a professor at the University of Colorado, where Holmes was a Ph.D. candidate until dropping out of school just prior to the killings.
Holmes, who has since been kept in solitary confinement, is reportedly refusing to cooperate, claiming amnesia of the events, reports The Daily Mail. A jail staffer at the Arapahoe County Detention Center tells the newspaper that the suspect "claims he doesn't know why he's in jail," asking, 'Why am I here?'"
Defense lawyers are expected to pursue an insanity defense at trial.
Holmes will be formally charged next Monday, July 30. He likely faces charges of first-degree murder, an offense that carries a possible death penalty if he is convicted.