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‘James Holmes, the 24-year-old charged in last month’s deadly Aurora, Colo., theater shooting, is mentally ill, his lawyers disclosed during a court appearance that featured an unusual outburst on Thursday.
Chief District Judge William Sylvester heard testimony from representatives of more than 20 news organizations asking for search warrants and other records related to the case to be unsealed.
Both the prosecution and defense argued that releasing such information would jeopardize their respective cases.
“We cannot begin to assess the depth of Mr. Holmes’ mental nature until we get the documents,” defense attorney Daniel King told the court.
Sylvester, who had issued the gag order, said he would not decide on the matter until next week.
Holmes, the former Ph.D student, was present in court and had “the same dazed demeanor that he has had in previous court appearances,” the Associated Press said.
During the hearing, a woman seated in the second-to-last of the courtroom stood up and said she had evidence of judicial misconduct on behalf of the public defender.
“I tried to deliver information vital to the defense of James Holmes to the public defender,” the woman—who appeared to be in her 20s—said, her voice shaking.
The woman, who was held by two deputies, said the defense team told her they were not willing to speak to Holmes about that information.
“It will do the victims’ families justice to have this information,” the woman, who identified herself as said as she was led out of the courtroom.
Twelve people were killed and 58 others injured in July 20 massacre at a midnight screening of “Dark Knight Rises.”’