Thursday, August 9, 2012

James Holmes Lawyer's: Batman Shooting Suspect 'Mentally Ill'

Lawyers for the suspect in the deadly shootings at a Batman screening say he is mentally ill and have asked for more time for him to be assessed.

James Holmes has again appeared at a Colorado court with the same dazed demeanour he had at previous hearings.

The 24-year-old former PhD student at the University of Colorado is accused of the July 20 rampage at a midnight showing of the latest Batman film in Aurora.

Twelve people were killed and 58 injured.

Defence attorney Daniel King argued lawyers need more information from prosecutors and investigators to assess their client.

"We cannot begin to assess the nature and the depth of Mr Holmes' mental illness until we receive full disclosure," he said.

Mr King said Holmes had sought out a university psychiatrist, Lynne Fenton, for help but there were no further details. Read More