The Associated Press – 1:05 p.m. (MDT) At his final meeting with a psychiatrist before he opened fire at a Colorado movie theater, James Holmes seemed relieved to be dropping out of school. Dr. Lynne Fenton testified Tuesday about a therapy session in June 2012, a month before Holmes opened fire in a suburban Denver movie […]
The Associated Press – 1:05 p.m. (MDT)
At his final meeting with a psychiatrist before he opened fire at a Colorado movie theater, James Holmes seemed relieved to be dropping out of school.
Dr. Lynne Fenton testified Tuesday about a therapy session in June 2012, a month before Holmes opened fire in a suburban Denver movie theater.
Fenton reported that Holmes told her he had just failed a big exam in his graduate neuroscience program at the University of Colorado.
Fenton regularly treats graduate students and said that instead of feeling upset by failing the test, Holmes had an “air of relief” about leaving school.
She testified that Holmes had plans to get a job and gave no indication at their final meeting that he planned to hurt himself or anyone else.
12:20 p.m. (MDT)
Colorado theater shooter James Holmes seemed overly sleepy, not manic, in the months before the attack. That’s according to the psychiatrist who treated him in the spring of 2012.
Dr. Lynne Fenton testified Tuesday that she prescribed anti-anxiety medications to Holmes, who killed 12 and injured 70 more that July.
Fenton says she prescribed Holmes the antidepressant Sertraline.
She was asked whether Holmes reported any manic behavior after taking the drug, but Fenton says he instead complained of drowsiness. Fenton testified Holmes was sleeping about nine hours a night and gave her no indication he was acting erratically or planning an attack.
11:40 a.m. (MDT)
A psychiatrist who treated Colorado theater shooter James Holmes says he showed no signs that he was planning to kill people.
Dr. Lynne Fenton testified Tuesday about the months before the 2012 shooting, when she treated Holmes for anxiety. Fenton says he told her he thought about killing people, but that he showed no signs of having a firm plan.
Fenton testified that she’s had other patients who talked about wanting kill people. Fenton says when patient tells her that, she tries to find out if they have a plan for killing people or have any targets in mind.
In Holmes’ case, she said, “there were no signs of that.”
10 a.m. (MDT)
A psychiatrist who treated James Holmes in the months before he opened fire on a Colorado movie theater has taken the stand in Holmes’ trial.
Dr. Lynne Fenton testified Tuesday that Holmes told her he had homicidal thoughts, but she said they weren’t directed at a particular person.
Fenton saw Holmes five times in 2012 while he was a neuroscience graduate student at the University of Colorado. She prescribed him medication for depression and anxiety.
Other witnesses have said Fenton knew that Holmes had thoughts of killing people but she didn’t believe he would act on those thoughts.
Fenton’s testimony is the first time she has spoken publicly about Holmes and their therapy sessions.
Holmes mailed Fenton a notebook hours before the shootings that killed 12 and injured 70.