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A psychiatrist, who once treated accused cinema gunman James Holmes, described him as having had "homicidal thoughts" five weeks before he allegedly killed 12 moviegoers.
Dr. Lynne Fenton, from the University of Colorado, told a campus police officer that Holmes had threatened her in email and text messages, according to disclosed court documents.
Her statement has been released as one of numerous court documents unsealed by the judge assigned to the case earlier this week.
Defence lawyers have previously disclosed that Holmes had been a psychiatric patient of Fenton, who was then medical director for student mental health services at the University of Colorado-Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.
Fenton was also a member of the campus-based behavioral assessment and threat assessment team, which helps faculty and staff deal with "individuals who may be threatening, disruptive or otherwise problematic," according to that group's website.
It was not clear whether Fenton was caring for Holmes under the threat-assessment programme or under routine counseling she provided to students on campus.
Holmes, now 25, is accused of opening fire inside a packed cinema in the Denver suburb of Aurora on July 20, 2012, during a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."
Colorado prosecutors will seek the death penalty against James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people in the Batman cinema shooting in the US last July.
Prosecutors in the case of James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people in the 'Batman cinema shooting' in the US last July, have said that defence lawyers have not made a legitimate offer for him to plead guilty, according to reports.
Court papers had suggested that Holmes would be prepared to plead guilty in return for avoiding the death penalty – but prosecutors say the offer cannot be considered.
"The prosecution indicated that it could not consider such an offer without specific additional information, which the defense refused to provide," prosecutors said in their motion, according to the Denver Post newspaper.
Prosecutors in the case of alleged massacre gunman James Holmes are set to decide on Monday whether to accept his plea of guilty in return for not pushing for the death penalty.
Holmes has been offered the chance by his lawyers to plead guilty in order to avoid capital punishment.
Prosecutors want to discuss the deal with victims' relatives before making a decision, according to reports.
James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people in the 'Batman cinema shooting' in the US last July, has offered to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, according to court documents.
Defense lawyers have made the offer in exchange for a life prison term but prosecutors have not accepted the proposal.
Holmes faces multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder for what was one of the deadliest mass shootings in US history, which also wounded 58 people.
The man accused of the Batman movie massacre in Colorado last month had conversations with a classmate about wanting to kill people four months before the fateful midnight screening, according to court documents.
James Holmes, who has been charged over the shooting spree during the showing of The Dark Knight Rises that left 12 dead and 58 wounded, is alleged to have made the threat in March.
The court document also said Holmes was denied access to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he was a PhD student, after making threats to a professor.
James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people during a screening of the Batman film in Denver, Colorado, has a "mental illness", his defence lawyer has said in court according to news agency Reuters.
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The state of Colorado has posted the list of charges against James Eagan Holmes here.
As well as 24 murder charges and 116 attempted murder charges, the sheet includes:
- One charge of possession of explosive or incendiary device
- One charge of 'crime of violence'