James Holmes Claimed Mentally Ill by Defense

Alleged Aurora, Colo., shooter's legal team sets up an insanity defense.
3:00 | 08/09/12

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Late this afternoon, a dramatic development in the case of that movie theater massacre in aurora, colorado. We all remember that first sight of james holmes in court, dazed an confused with that red hair. In court again today, his legal team declared holmes mentally ill. Abc's clayton sandell has the details. Reporter: His hair still bright orange, james holmes stared blankly and yaubed in court today, where, for the first time, his lawyers claimed he is mentally ill. That asked the judge to force prosecutors to hand over evidence. Without it, daniel king said, we cannot address the nature or depth of mr. Homs' mental illness. The judge heard from 20 news organizations today, including abc, who want sealed investigation files made public. Prosecutors and defense attorn attorneys want them kept secret until trial. That evidence should shine new light on major unanswered questions about the relationship between holmes and his psychiatrist. As abc news has reported, dr. Fenton worried enough about holmes that in the weeks before the shooting, she contacted a university of colorado police officer. But it is not clear what action that officer took, if any. Until that information becomes public, there will be no answer to perhaps the most troubling question of all. Could the massacre have been prevented? Clayton sandell, abc news, centennial, colorado.

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