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Attorney: James Holmes Mentally Ill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
This courtroom sketch shows suspect James Holmes, right, being escorted into court by a sheriff's deputy for a motions hearing  for suspected theater shooter James Holmes in district court in Centennial, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. James Holmes has been charged in the shooting at the Aurora theater on July 20 that killed twelve people and injured more than 50. (AP Photo/Bill Robles, Pool) TV OUT

This courtroom sketch shows suspect James Holmes, right, being escorted into court by a sheriff's deputy for a motions hearing for suspected theater shooter James Holmes in district court in Centennial, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. James Holmes has been charged in the shooting at the Aurora theater on July 20 that killed twelve people and injured more than 50. (AP Photo/Bill Robles, Pool) TV OUT

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (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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