Prosecutors get access to school records of Colorado movie theater shooter
A judge has granted prosecutors access to University of Colorado campus police records for accused Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. According to the ruling, prosecutors will also have access to his academic records, as well as some communications with professors from when Holmes was a Neuroscience student at the University before dropping out.
“If the University of Colorado Police Department has a law enforcement investigation file about the defendant, that information is likely relevant,” wrote Judge Sylvester in the ruling. The prosecution will look at the records to show state of mind or possible motive.
Prosecutors have tried to show that Holmes life was at a point of desperation. They point to a March conversation with a classmate where Holmes allegedly said he wanted to kill people, a failed oral exam on June 7, and his withdrawal from the University as possible indicators of his state of mind.
“Intent will be a key issue at trial,” Sylvester wrote in his ruling, adding that “documents that establish Defendant’s expectations when applying to the University of Colorado could possibly make more or less probable the fact that defendant had a motive to commit the crimes charged.”
The prosecution was denied access to any documents that are privileged communications between Holmes and his then psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton.
All the documents released to the prosecution remain sealed from the public.
Holmes is accused of bringing a bag full of guns into a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight premier of The Dark Knight Rises and opening fire, killing 12 and injuring 57 others.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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