The attorneys for the James Holmes, the alleged Colorado shooter, say their client is mentally ill.
The AP reports the disclosure came during a hearing today at the Arapahoe (Colo.) County Courthouse in which news organizations, including NPR, were asking for documents in the case to be unsealed.
The AP adds:
“Holmes had the same dazed demeanor that he has had in previous court appearances.
“The shooting during a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie left 12 people dead and 58 others injured. Holmes, a 24-year-old former Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.”
The Aurora Sentinel reports that the judge did not rule on whether to unseal the documents and gave no indication when that decision might be made.
Denver’s 9 News reports that at issue are the public’s right to know and whether releasing the documents could taint a potential jury pool.
The judge in the case has already issued a gag order, barring all parties from talking about the case.