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Colorado suspect was 'psychiatric patient'
James Holmes' defence attorneys wrote in court filing that 24-year old alleged shooter was seeing a psychiatrist.
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2012 04:36
Holmes opened fire on a packed showing of movie "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people [Getty Images]

According to newly released court papers, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a shooting rampage at a US cinema last week was under the care of a psychiatrist.

The information came in a filing to the Arapahoe County District Court on Friday, from defense attorneys for James Holmes.

The 24-year-old former graduate student allegedly opened fire on a packed showing of movie "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado.

The attorneys were seeking the contents of a package Holmes sent to Dr. Lynne Fenton.

"Mr. Holmes was a psychiatric patient of Dr. Fenton, and his communications with her are protected," the filing said.

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