Defense: shooting suspect tried to call psychiatrist minutes before gunfire began

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes tried to call a University of Colorado psychiatrist nine minutes before the shooting began at the midnight showing of the new Batman movie July 20.

That information was revealed by James Holmes attorneys during a court hearing Thursday where the judge will decide if a notebook allegedly belonging to the suspect and sent to University of Colorado psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton was privileged because of doctor/patient relationship.

The prosecution wants the notebook.

Several new details about the timeline of events before and after the shooting came out in the hearing. The psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton, testified during the proceeding.

June 11, 2012: Dr. Lynne Fenton says she meets James Holmes for the first and last time. This is four days after he failed an oral exam in the graduate school program at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

She did not discuss any specifics about what she and Holmes talked about. However, Fenton was concerned enough about what she heard that she contacted the C.U. police department.

Fenton also says that as far as she is concerned she did not have a doctor/patient relationship with Holmes after June 11.

June 12, 2012: Police cutoff Holmes’ campus access card

June 13, 2012: Holmes began the process to withdraw from C.U.

Thursday, July 19, 2012: Notebook mailed to the C.U. Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

Friday, July 20, 2012: 12 people killed, 58 injured in shooting spree inside the Century 16 Theaters. Police arrest James Holmes upon arrival.

Sunday, July 22, 2012: “His attorneys called me and asked me to intercept the notebook,” Dr. Fenton says during her court testimony. She also says the attorneys wanted her to give them the notebook. Instead, she calls a lawyer.

Monday, July 23, 2012: Police retrieve the package containing the notebook from C.U. Parts of the campus were evacuated. News crews recorded video of a robot removing the package.

It’s not clear if Holmes told police about the package containing the notebook or if the information came from Dr. Lynne Fenton.

The judge did not issue a ruling about whether the notebook is privileged. The hearing was continued until Sept. 20.

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