Dark Knight Suspect Was Seeing Psychiatrist

James Holmes' doctor specialized in schizophrenia
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2012 3:15 PM CDT
This photo provided by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office shows James Holmes.   (AP Photo/Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – James Holmes was indeed seeing a psychiatrist before the Dark Knight shooting spree, one who specialized in schizophrenia. The revelation emerged today in court documents, reports the Washington Post. Defense attorneys want authorities to turn over a notebook that Holmes sent to Lynne Fenton of the University of Colorado before the assault, arguing that it's "privileged" and "protected" because Holmes was Fenton's patient, says CNN.

The notebook reportedly contained crude drawings about the shooting plans, but media reports say it was discovered in a university mail room only after the assault. Fenton is the director of student mental health services at the university, where Holmes was a grad student in the neuroscience program before dropping out.

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