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Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities'

Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities' By Lori Price, 20 Jul 2012 [Updated: 05 Apr 2013.]

Holmes's doctor warned police before Colo. theater attack 05 Apr 2013 A University of Colorado psychiatrist told campus police a month before the Aurora movie theater attack that James Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a public danger, according to records unsealed Thursday. Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist at the Denver campus, told police that Holmes had also "threatened and harassed her via email/text messages" in June 2012. He is standing trial for the July 20 shooting rampage that killed 12 and injured 70 during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie.

Fox News reporter ordered to return to court over refusal to reveal sources in Colo. shooting case 01 Apr 2013 The reporter who broke the exclusive story about a notebook that Colorado shooter James Holmes sent to his psychiatrist, then refused to reveal her sources under threat of jail, was ordered to return to the Aurora courtroom April 10,  in a case experts say has chilling ramifications for the First Amendment. Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour intends to question a detective for a second time about who leaked the notebook, and then could still put veteran reporter Jana Winter on the stand and try to compel her to reveal the sources of her story. Winter and attorneys for Fox News have resisted efforts by Holmes's defense team to make Winter reveal who may have violated a gag order issued by Judge William Sylvester, who reassigned the case to Samour.

Prosecution pushes death penalty for Colorado theater shooting suspect --Attorneys on both sides under gag order 01 Apr 2013 Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty for Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes despite his offer last week to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding a death sentence. The trial was originally scheduled for August, but a judge Monday pushed back the start date to February 3, and said it could be delayed further. Holmes faces 166 counts of murder and attempted murder for last year's shooting [false flag] at an Aurora movie theater that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded.

Colorado prosecutors shun James Holmes's guilty plea offer 28 Mar 2013 Prosecutors said Thursday they are not ready to accept an offer from Colorado theater shooting suspect James E. Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. In a court filing, prosecutors criticized defense attorneys for publicizing Holmes's offer to plead guilty, calling it a ploy meant to draw the public and the judge into what should be private plea negotiations. They say the defense has "steadfastly and repeatedly" refused to provide key details they need to consider a plea.

Lawyers for accused Colorado theater gunman offer guilty plea 27 Mar 2013 Defense attorneys for the 25-year-old man accused of killing 12 people in a shooting rampage at a Denver-area movie theater have offered to have him plead guilty in exchange for a life prison term, according to court documents filed on Wednesday. Lawyers for James Holmes said in the court papers that prosecutors have not yet responded to their offer, which would spare their client the death penalty. Holmes is scheduled to be in court on Monday for a hearing in the high-profile case.

Judge approves use of 'truth serum' on accused Aurora shooter James Holmes 12 Mar 2013 Legal and medical experts are questioning the decision of a judge in Colorado to allow James Holmes, the suspected gunman in the Aurora cinema shooting, to be tested with a "truth serum" should he plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Judge William Sylvester ruled that in the event of Holmes pleading insanity his prosecutors would be permitted to interrogate him while he is under the influence of a medical drug designed to loosen him up and get him to talk. The precise identity of the drug that would be used has not been released, other than a statement that it would be "medically appropriate", but it would most likely be a short-acting barbiturate such as sodium amytal. William Shepherd, chair of the criminal justice section of the American Bar Association, whose members include both prosecutors and defence lawyers, said that the proposed use of a "truth drug" to ascertain the veracity of a defendant's plea of insanity was highly unusual in the US. He predicted it would provoke intense legal argument relating to Holmes's right to remain silent under the fifth amendment of the US constitution.

Man charged in Aurora shooting pleads not guilty 12 Mar 2013 The man charged with killing 12 people and injuring dozens more in a Colorado movie theater has pleaded not guilty. That is the plea a judge entered for him Tuesday, yet attorneys say their client was not ready to enter a plea. The judge says he can change it to "not guilty by reason of insanity" later if he wants to.

Judge approves possible forced use of 'truth serum' on Colorado massacre suspect --Prospect of use truth serum alarmed defense attorneys, who filed documents opposing the technique 12 Mar 2013 The defendant in the deadly Colorado theater shooting could be given "truth serum" under a court order issued Monday to help determine whether he is insane if he pleads not guilty by reason of insanity. Suspect James Holmes could be required to submit to a "narcoanalytic interview" as part of an evaluation to determine if he was legally insane at the time of the July 20 shootings, Arpahoe County District Judge William Sylvester said. A narcoanalylitic interview is a process in which patients are given drugs to lower their inhibition. Academic studies have shown that the technique has involved the use of sodium amytal and pentothal, sometimes called truth serum.

Prosecutors drop fight for notebook from accused Colorado shooter 20 Sep 2012 Prosecutors dropped their legal fight on Thursday for access to a notebook that accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes sent to a university psychiatrist before the shooting, saying legal wrangling over it would delay the case for months. Holmes, a former neuroscience graduate student, is accused of opening fire on July 20 at a midnight screening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, a Denver suburb. Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded in the attack.

Colo. shooter's father, Robert M. Holmes, authored US Navy, military reports Posted by Lori Price, 20 Jul 2012

Defense: Colo. shooting suspect tried to call university psychiatrist 9 minutes before attack 30 Aug 2012 The suspect in the Colorado shooting rampage tried unsuccessfully to call his university psychiatrist [handler?] 9 minutes before he opened fire during a Batman movie premiere, defense attorneys revealed in court Thursday. James Holmes placed the call to an after-hours number at a hospital at the University of Colorado, Anschutz campus, where psychiatrist Lynne Fenton could be reached, defense attorney Tamara Brady said. It wasn't clear why he called Fenton, and she wasn't immediately available to talk to him.

Nurse Who 'Saw Everything' at Hospital After 'Batman' Shootings Found Dead at 46 18 Aug 2012 Jenny Gallagher, a nurse who treated victims of the highly suspicious 'Batman' shooting in Aurora, Colorado last month, is dead at age 46. The reported cause of death: drowning. "She worked the morning after the Batman massacre in a very busy unit of the hospital - so she saw everything really, some really bad injuries," her husband Greg reportedly told Ireland's Herald earlier today... Gallagher was actually found dead ten days ago, on August 7th. Despite recent conflicting and incorrect reports about the location (multiple reports say it was in Colorado, while another says Ohio), The End Run has determined that she was actually found dead in Okoboji Lake, which is in Dickson County, Iowa, about 700 miles from her home town of Denver by car.

James Holmes's Psychiatrist Contacted University Police Weeks Before Movie-Theater Shooting - ABC News 06 Aug 2012 The psychiatrist who treated suspected movie-theater shooter James Holmes made contact with a University of Colorado police officer to express concerns about her patient's behavior several weeks before Holmes' alleged rampage, sources told ABC News. The sources did not know what the officer approached by Dr. Lynne Fenton did with the information she passed along. They said, however, that the officer was recently interviewed, with an attorney present, by the Aurora Police Department as a part of the ongoing investigation of the shooting. Fenton would have had to have serious concerns to break confidentiality with her patient to reach out to the police officer or others, the sources said.

Colo. shooting suspect's psychiatrist in threat-assessment team 28 Jul 2012 A former University of Colorado graduate student accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a shooting rampage at a Denver-area movie theater last week had been under the care of a psychiatrist who was part of a campus threat-assessment team. The disclosure came in court documents filed overnight, NZT, by lawyers for James Holmes, 24, who is accused of opening fire last weekend on a packed showing of the latest Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, in the Denver suburb of Aurora. The defence attorneys, in their request to an Arapahoe County district judge, are seeking a court order requiring prosecutors to turn over the contents of a package that Holmes sent to Dr Lynne Fenton and was later seized by investigators.

Colorado shooting suspect charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder 30 Jul 2012 The former graduate student accused of opening fire at a midnight screening of the new "Batman" film in Colorado, killing 12 people, was charged on Monday with 24 counts of first-degree murder, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. James Holmes, who was arrested behind a suburban Denver multiplex minutes after the July 20 shooting at a packed showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," also faces 116 counts of attempted murder in one of the worst outbursts of U.S. gun violence in recent years.

Maryland man found with dozens of weapons, says he's the Joker --Police: 'I am the real Joker, and I'm going to blow everyone up,' suspect said. 27 Jul 2012 Police detained a Maryland man and recovered numerous guns from a home Thursday night after he allegedly made threats referring to the Joker this week. Julie Parker, a spokeswoman for the Prince George's County police, said Friday that authorities had "thwarted a terrorist threat." Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said the man, whom authorities identified as Neil Edwin Prescott, 28, of Crofton, Md., made a threat toward his employer, Pitney Bowes, in two phone calls to his supervisor Monday.

Colo. judge bans release of suspect's univ. docs 26 Jul 2012 A judge overseeing the criminal case against the suspect in the movie theater shooting has ordered the University of Colorado Denver not to release his school records. Numerous media organizations, including The Associated Press, filed open records requests for school records about former neuroscience graduate student James Holmes, the accused shooter. But in an order signed Monday and released by the school Thursday in response to an open records request by the AP, District Court Judge William Blair Sylvester said releasing the information would impede the 'investigation.'

Colo. Judge Issues Gag Order in Theater Shooting 24 Jul 2012 Lawyers involved in the Colorado movie theater shooting are limited in how much they can say outside of the courtroom. Suspect James Holmes made his first court appearance Monday. After the hearing, the judge issued a gag order that bars attorneys from publicly commenting on matters including evidence, whether a plea deal is in the works or the results of any examination or test.

Movie massacre suspect 'sent' chilling notebook to psychiatrist before attack 25 Jul 2012 James Holmes, the accused gunman in last Friday's midnight movie massacre in Colorado, [allegedly] mailed a notebook "full of details about how he was going to kill people" to a University of Colorado psychiatrist before the attack, but the parcel sat unopened in a mailroom for as long as a week before its discovery Monday, a law enforcement source told Police and FBI agents were called to the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus in Aurora on Monday morning after the psychiatrist, who is also a professor at the school, reported receiving a package believed to be from the suspect. Although that package turned out to be from someone else and harmless, a search of the Campus Services' mailroom turned up another package sent to the psychiatrist with Holmes' name in the return address, the source told A second law enforcement source said authorities got a warrant from a county judge and took the package away Monday night.

DHS-FBI 17 May 2012 Memo: 'Terrorists' Interest in Attacking Theaters and Similar Mass Gatherings' Posted by Lori Price, 23 Jul 2012 On 17 May 2012, the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning regarding possible attacks to US movie theaters. The release, 'Terrorists' Interest in Attacking Theaters and Similar Mass Gatherings,' has been saved by Citizens For Legitimate Government (CLG) as the memo appears to have been pulled by the DHS/FBI. The warning was issued in collaboration with the Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group. The memo includes the following warning. '(U//FOUO) An early April 2012 suicide bombing of a theater in Somalia and a violent extremist communication advocating attacks on US theaters highlight terrorists' continued interest in attacking such venues. Although we have no specific or credible information indicating that terrorists plan to attack theaters in the United States, terrorists may seek to emulate overseas attacks on theaters here in the United States because they have the potential to inflict mass casualties and cause local economic damage.'

Real life shooting imitates training exercise at Parker medical school --'The irony is amazing, just amazing.' 21 Jul 2012 The tragedy that played out in an Aurora movie theater Friday was ironically paralleled as a classroom learning experience in a medical school in Parker the same day. Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine is in the middle of holding specialized classes in disaster life support for 150 second-year medical students. Along with response to natural disasters like hurricanes and floods and terrorist attacks, one of the scenarios being used to train the students is how to respond if a shooter fires at people in a movie theater and also uses a bomb in the attack. "The irony is amazing, just amazing," said Rocky Vista Dean Dr. Bruce Dubin.

Witness: Someone let gunman inside Colorado movie theater 20 Jul 2012 A man who was at the Colorado movie theater where a dozen people were killed this morning, says he saw the gunman. He says he thinks someone deliberately let the gunman inside once the movie started. Here's what he told TV station KCNC this morning live on their newscast.

As I was sitting down to get my seat, I noticed that a person came up to the front row, the front right, sat down, and as credits were going, it looked like he got a phone call. He went out toward the emergency exit doorway, which I thought was unusual to take a phone call. And it seemed like he probably pried it open, or probably did not let it latch all the way. As soon as the movie started, somebody came in, all black, gas mask, armor, and threw a gas can into the audience, and it went off, and then there were gunshots that took place.

HOW is a former student, jobless, able to spend *thousands of dollars* on, essentially, a full-blown military arsenal? Just curious. Oh. Unless, of course, someone *gave* it to him... like... his handler? --LRP

Police found soda bottles with 'unknown substance' in shooter's apartment (Fox News)

Neighbor: Holmes's car had Tennessee license plate (MSNBC)

'He was in full riot gear... He looked like he was from a SWAT team.' (Witness Jennifer Seeger, MSNBC)

'The shooter was dressed from head-to-toe in SWAT gear... with Kevlar. He looked like one of the cops. That's what was really confusing to us.' (Jennifer Seeger, three feet away from shooter in theater, CNN)

The suspected gunman, James Holmes, completed his degree with 'highest honors' and was at the 'top-of-the-top' in neuroscience field. (Press conference, Fox News)

Source: Suspect had high-capacity, drum-style ammo clip (Fox News)

University: CO shooting suspect had federal grant 21 Jul 2012 The University of Colorado says shooting suspect James Holmes had a federal grant to study neuroscience. University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said Saturday that Holmes was one of six neuroscience students at the school to get National Institutes of Health grant money. She didn't know how much money he got. The NIH says the university decides who gets the grants. Criteria for receiving the grant weren't immediately clear.

Colorado Movie Theater Shooting: 71 Victims The Largest Mass Shooting 20 Jul 2012 Twelve people were killed and 59 were injured in Aurora, Colo., during a sold-out midnight premier of the new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" when 24-year-old James Holmes unloaded four weapons' full of ammunition into the unsuspecting crowd. The number of casualties makes the incident the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Holmes, a graduate student at a nearby college with a clean arrest record, entered the movie auditorium wearing a ballistics helmet, bullet-proof vest, bullet-proof leggings, gas mask and gloves. He detonated multiple smoke bombs, and then began firing at viewers in the sold-out auditorium, police said today. Holmes was apprehended within minutes of the 12:39 a.m. shooting at his car behind the theater, where police found him in full riot gear and carrying three weapons, including a AR-15 assault rifle, which can hold upwards of 100 rounds, a Remington 12 gauge shot gun, and a .40 Glock handgun. A fourth handgun was found in the vehicle.

Gunman Looked 'Ready to Go Into Battle' 21 Jul 2012 A gunman dressed head to foot in body armor and brandishing three weapons, including an assault rifle, opened fire in a theater crowded with families and children at a midnight showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises" in a Denver suburb early Friday morning, killing at least 12 people and wounding 59 others, police and federal officials said. The suspect, James Holmes, 24, told the police after his arrest that he had booby-trapped his Aurora apartment with explosive devices, leading the police to evacuate five buildings in the neighborhood as they sought to disable what they described as "incendiary devices" rigged to trip wires. Mr. Holmes had apparently planned the attack for some time: He wore a gas mask, body armor, a tactical helmet and was dressed completely in black.

Pentagon: Military casualties in Colorado shooting 20 Jul 2012 The Pentagon says that some members of the military were either killed or wounded in the Colorado shooting at the Batman movie. Pentagon press secretary George Little says it's not yet clear how many military casualties there were, or whether they were deaths or injuries. Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, says initial indications are that the suspect, James Holmes, was not a member of the military. 


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