CU says Holmes wasn’t blocked from campus because of threats
DENVER — The University of Colorado released a statement saying that accused theater shooting suspect James Holmes was banned from campus because he dropped out of the neuroscience program he was attending, not because of a threat he made.
The statement seems to contradict a timeline discovered Thursday when court papers from Holmes’ trial were released. The papers provide a peek into the troubled mind of the alleged Aurora theater killer. They roughly trace his path from abandoning psychiatric treatment to amassing guns, clips and nearly 1,000 high-caliber or high-power bullets.
An affidavit said a CU police officer was told about a threat Holmes allegedly made against his psychologist Dr. Lynn Fenton. The police officer reported to Aurora police that Holmes’ campus access guard was deactivated the next day.
In CU’s statement Friday, the university said the documents in fact correspond with what CU has always said — that Holmes’ card was only deactivated when he dropped out of the neuroscience program.
“These documents support the prior statement from CU that Mr. Holmes was never banned from campus, but instead that his student access card was deactivated when he left the program,” the statement said. “The University is prohibited from commenting further due to the existing court order as well as a concern that doing anything would negatively impact the prosecution in this case.”
Holmes is accused of killing 12 and wounding dozens more in a July 20 shooting at the Aurora Century 16 movie theater.
Fenton, who works on the medical campus, contacted police in June about Holmes, according to a search warrant affidavit.
“Dr. Fenton was advising that she had been treating Holmes, and that Holmes had stopped seeing her and had begun threatening her via text message,” the affidavit said.
Holmes mailed her a frightful package. Inside were $400 in burned $20 bills, a sticky note with an infinity sign, and a spiral notebook containing a placard.
Written on it: “James Holmes, Of Life,” according to the documents.
Despite her warning and on top of the torment she’s already endured, Fenton could face more than a dozen lawsuits that blame her and the school for improperly handling Holmes’ treatment.
At least 14 people have filed legal documents indicating they are planning to sue the University of Colorado Denver and Fenton for negligence.
A long, deadly list
The prosecution documents released Thursday give a macabre portrait of the arsenal Holmes acquired before the alleged shooting:
- Nearly 1,000 bullets or shotgun rounds; he had ordered at least six packages from Bulkammo.com at the end of June.
- Two semi-automatic pistols, one with a laser sight
- An assault-type rifle
- A shotgun
- Multiple ammunition clips
- A 90-round magazine
- A magazine carrier
- Paper targets
- Materials to booby trap his apartment
- Multiple cellphones and computers
- Black army boots
- A black coat
- A black combat helmet
- A gas mask
The next pretrial hearing in Holmes’ case is scheduled for Wednesday.
With numerous counts of murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses, the former doctoral student in neuroscience faces a total of 166 charges.
Prosecutors, who made the documents public, want the death penalty.
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