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U.S. cinema shooting suspect mentally ill, attorneys say


08:09, August 10, 2012

AURORA, Colorado, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The attorneys for James Holmes, the suspect in Denver's midnight movie theater shooting incident on July 20 in Colorado, said Thursday their client is " mentally ill."

His attorneys said they have not "begun to assess the nature or depth of his mental illness", and presiding Judge William Sylvester said he will soon rule to release a number of documents to the public that had been sealed by a gag order.

Holmes, a 24-year-old former Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, was in court for the third time Thursday. He glanced around the packed courtroom briefly after sauntering into court wearing a maroon jump suit and leg chains. His unkempt, orange- dyed hair now has a shock of dark hair protruding from its top, and his sideburns have grown bushy and brown.

Defense attorney Daniel King blasted the media, calling for continued sealing of all court documents, and demanded the return of a "package of information held by the prosecution that he said will help assess Holmes' "mental illness," the first admission of Holmes'mental condition.

All sides, including Holmes, will appear in court in one week when Arapahoe District Court Judge William Sylvester will decide whether or not the package has privileged information between Holmes, and his University of Colorado psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton.

The hearing was held because some news organizations are asking Chief District Judge William Sylvester to make available documents that could provide details about Holmes and the July 20 attack, which killed 12 people and wounded 58 others.

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