AURORA | James Holmes was seeing a psychiatrist at University of Colorado before last week’s theater massacre, according to court documents.
The revelation came in a motion filed by Holmes’ defense team accusing law enforcement of leaking information about the case to the media.
FILE - In this Monday, July 23, 2012 file photo, James Holmes, accused of killing 12 people in Friday's shooting rampage in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, appears in Arapahoe County District Court with defense attorney Tamara Brady in Centennial, Colo. With their anger and tears stirred by the sight of Holmes in a courtroom with red hair and glassy eyes, the families of those killed in the Colorado theater massacre now must go home to plan their final goodbyes. (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)
Specifically, Holmes’ defense team said law enforcement improperly leaked to Fox News and NBCnews.com details about a package Holmes sent to his psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton.
Fenton is the medical director for student mental health service at CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus, where Holmes was a graduate student studying neuroscience until June. According to a biography posted on the university’s website, Fenton specialized in patients with schizophrenia.
The motion did not say how long Holmes had been seeing Fenton, but said he was a psychiatric patient of hers and that the communications in the package are protected.
Judge William B. Sylvester said in an order Friday that the matter would be discussed in court Monday, when Holmes is scheduled to appear for formal filing of charges.
Holmes is being held in the Arapahoe County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder after last week’s shootings at the Century Aurora 16 theater left 12 dead and 58 injured.
Fox News reported Monday that the package contained a spiral notebook filled with details about the theater drawings, including stick figure drawings.
The report cited “law enforcement” sources, but prosecutors said they doubted the existence of a law enforcement source.
Prosecutors said reports that the FBI was in possession of the package were inaccurate as were reports that it was the FBI who intercepted the package. In fact, prosecutors wrote, it was Aurora police who had the package and investigators had not yet reviewed its contents.
“To put it bluntly, the People are extremely dubious of the media assertions that ‘law enforcement sources’ exist,” prosecutors wrote.