Prosecutors drop fight for Colorado shooting suspect’s notebook

By Daniel S Levine,

In a court hearing in Colorado on Thursday, James Holmes, the man charged of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, appeared without the orange coloring in his hair. During the hearing, prosecutors dropped their fight for access to the notebook he sent to a psychiatrist. They also added charges and amended others.

The notebook was sent to University of Colorado psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton. His defense attorneys say that prosecutors should not have access to it because of doctor-patient privilege, reported the AP.

Deputy District Attorney Rich Orman said that even if they did get access to the notebook, the defense would appeal that decision. In addition, if Holmes’ mental health becomes an issue in the trial, Holmes would have to waive the privilege to give prosecutors access.

Also during the hearing, Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester accepted 10 new charges the prosecution filed against Holmes, according to Reuters. He also accepted amendments to 17 charges.

Sylvester decided to keep almost all of the proceedings of the Holmes case sealed, so the details of the new charges were not immediately released. The judge and prosecutors did not read them out loud, although a court spokesman said that they will be available online.

Holmes, 24, is already being charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. He was a graduate student at the University of Colorado and withdrew on June 10, before the shooting took place on July 20.



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