University Banned Holmes Over Threats
Accused shooter failed big exam before shooting, say prosecutors
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2012 5:29 PM CDT
In this July 23 file photo, James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo.   (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Prosecutors in the Dark Night shooting spree case in Colorado made some eye-popping revelations today in their bid to get access to the education records of James Holmes, reports the Denver Post:

  • Holmes was banned from the University of Colorado after making unspecified threats about six weeks before the Aurora massacre. School officials cut off his key card and informed police.
  • All this took place around the time Holmes failed his crucial oral exams in neuroscience, and professors encouraged him to pursue a different career.
  • He bought a semi-automatic rifle the day of the exam.
  • The defense called this an irrelevant "fishing expedition," but a prosecutor countered that "what's going on in the defendant's life at this time is extremely important to the case."
  • Description of Holmes today by AP: He "appeared more engaged in the hearing than previous court appearances. His walk was more deliberate when he came in courtroom. Rather than staring blankly ahead, he looked at the judge for most of the hearing."