April 1, 2013

Colo. prosecutors seek death penalty in theater attack

Police say James Holmes opened fire in full combat gear during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people and injuring 70.

The Associated Press

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FILE - In this March 12, 2013 file photo, James Holmes, left, and defense attorney Tamara Brady appear in district court in Centennial, Colo. for his arraignment. Prosecutors say they are not are ready to accept an offer from Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. In a court filing Thursday, March 28, 2013 prosecutors criticized defense attorneys for publicizing Holmes' offer to plead guilty. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)

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Jana Winter cited anonymous law enforcement officials in reporting that Holmes had sent a psychiatrist a notebook of drawings that foreshadowed the attack. Holmes' lawyers want to know who told Winter about the notebook, arguing that that person violated a gag order.

In the latest revelation in that case, Aurora Sgt. Matthew Fyles testified that a sticky note with a drawing was in the package sent to Dr. Lynne Fenton. Authorities previously did not confirm any drawings were inside but Winter's lawyer was prevented from asking questions about it because prosecutors said it wasn't relevant. Winter didn't mention a sticky note in her report.

The massacre helped lead to last month's passage of new gun control measures in Colorado, including a ban on the sort of high-capacity magazines that Holmes allegedly used to spray the theater with dozens of bullets in a matter of seconds. Seventy people were injured in the attack.

President Barack Obama was scheduled to visit Denver on Wednesday to highlight the legislation as part of his push for more gun control following a school massacre in Connecticut in December.

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