James Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., July 23, 2012.

James Holmes Shared 'Homicidal Thoughts' With Psychiatrist Before Aurora Shooting

Doctor told university police that Holmes was a 'danger to the public' one month before attack.

James Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., July 23, 2012.
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Documents unsealed Thursday reveal that accused Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter James Holmes shared "homicidal thoughts" with University of Colorado psychiatrist Lynne Fenton in June 2012.

According to an affidavit detailing a conversation between Fenton and a university police officer, Fenton said Holmes "had stopped seeing her and had begun threatening her via text messages."

Fenton warned police that Holmes was a "danger to the public due to homicidal statements," according to the affidavit, ABC News reports. Fenton did not order a 72-hour psychiatric hold for Holmes, which would have detained him for evaluation.

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The Denver Post reported in December that, according to a source, the alleged murderer told Fenton on June 11, 2012, that he yearned to kill "a lot of people." The Post notes that the affidavit says Fenton cautioned police on June 12, and that police deactivated Holmes's university key card that day.

Pointing to a possible inconsistency, The Post reports that Fenton testified at a hearing in 2012 that she had discussed Holmes with police, but said she had never reported a patient to police for making specific threats. Another possible inconsistency, the newspaper notes, is that university officials previously said Holmes's card was deactivated because he was withdrawing from his neuroscience Ph.D. program.

News reports on the affidavits also shed more light on the contents of a notebook that Holmes mailed to Fenton before the shooting. The notebook was intercepted by police and reportedly contained plans for the massacre.

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According to ABC News, the documents released Thursday reveal that the notebook contained 20 burnt $20 bills and a sticky note with an infinity sign scrawled on it.

A police officer on the crime scene reported in one of the documents seeing "a great deal of blood on the sidewalk outside the door as numerous victims exited the theater through this door," KDVR reports. Upon arresting Holmes, the officer also reported seeing a "black semi-auto pistol with a green laser sight on the roof" of Holmes's car.

Holmes is accused of murdering 12 people during a July 2012 showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" at an Aurora movie theater. Prosecutors announced Monday that they would seek the death penalty as punishment for the mass shooting.

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