Lawyers: Colo. shooting suspect is mentally ill

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james holmes Lawyers: Colo. shooting suspect is mentally ill

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(AP) – Attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings say their client is mentally ill. James Holmes’ lawyers made the disclosure at a court hearing Thursday in Centennial, Colo., where news media organizations were asking a judge to unseal documents in the case.

Holmes had the same dazed demeanor that he has had in previous court appearances.

The shooting during a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie left 12 people dead and 58 others injured.

Holmes, a 24-year-old former Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

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