The Latest: Psychiatrist reported Holmes to university, mom

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Posted: Jun 16, 2015 7:13 PM
The Latest: Psychiatrist reported Holmes to university, mom

5:15 p.m. (MDT)

The psychiatrist who treated Colorado theater shooter James Holmes concluded her testimony repeating that she didn't have reason to order him hospitalized.

Dr. Lynne Fenton testified for more than five hours Tuesday, her first public statements about treating the former graduate student in the months before the 2012 attack.

Fenton testified that she reported Holmes to the campus threat-assessment team a month before the shootings. She testified that she assumed the school would check whether Holmes had gotten any gun permits.

The defense team asked the psychiatrist whether she emailed, called or wrote to Holmes after he left treatment. She said no. But Fenton disputed the defense's assertion that she "closed the book" on her former patient.

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3:30 p.m. (MDT)

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes told his psychiatrist that he thought about homicide three or four times a day.

But Dr. Lynne Fenton insisted Tuesday that Holmes didn't give her enough specifics in their 2012 meetings to allow her to order him hospitalized against his will.

Fenton testified in Holmes' trial, making her first public comments about treating the former graduate student in the months before the movie theater shooting.

A lawyer for Holmes pressed Fenton on some of her notes from her treatment sessions, especially Holmes' homicidal thoughts and her observation that Holmes was having "psychotic level thinking."

Fenton insisted that when she asked Holmes about whether he had any plans to act on those thoughts, he didn't answer.

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2:27 p.m. (MDT)

A psychiatrist who treated Colorado theater shooter James Holmes called his mother and reported him to the university he attended after he left therapy.

Dr. Lynne Fenton, a University of Colorado psychiatrist, testified Tuesday about treating Holmes in the months before he opened fire in a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012.

Holmes stopped treatment a month before the shooting, saying he was leaving school and wouldn't have insurance. He declined an offer for free therapy.

Fenton testified that she then reported him to the university's Behavioral & Environmental Threat Assessment Team. But she said she did not report him to police or order him into a mental-health hold because he made no specific threats.

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1:45 p.m. (MDT)

A psychiatrist who worked with Colorado theater shooter James Holmes offered to treat him for free at her final meeting with him.

But Holmes told University of Colorado psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton that he didn't want to continue therapy.

Fenton testified Tuesday in Holmes' trial for opening fire in a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012. Fenton met with Holmes several times in the months before the attack.

Holmes dropped out of his graduate program and said he would lose the insurance paying for therapy. Fenton testified that she offered to treat him for free but he declined.

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1:05 p.m. (MDT)

At his final meeting with a psychiatrist before he opened fire at a Colorado movie theater, James Holmes seemed relieved to be dropping out of school.

Dr. Lynne Fenton testified Tuesday about a therapy session in June 2012, a month before Holmes opened fire in a suburban Denver movie theater.

Fenton reported that Holmes told her he had just failed a big exam in his graduate neuroscience program at the University of Colorado.

Fenton regularly treats graduate students and said that instead of feeling upset by failing the test, Holmes had an "air of relief" about leaving school.

She testified that Holmes had plans to get a job and gave no indication at their final meeting that he planned to hurt himself or anyone else.

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12:20 p.m. (MDT)

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes seemed overly sleepy, not manic, in the months before the attack. That's according to the psychiatrist who treated him in the spring of 2012.

Dr. Lynne Fenton testified Tuesday that she prescribed anti-anxiety medications to Holmes, who killed 12 and injured 70 more that July.

Fenton says she prescribed Holmes the antidepressant Sertraline.

She was asked whether Holmes reported any manic behavior after taking the drug, but Fenton says he instead complained of drowsiness. Fenton testified Holmes was sleeping about nine hours a night and gave her no indication he was acting erratically or planning an attack.

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11:40 a.m. (MDT)

A psychiatrist who treated Colorado theater shooter James Holmes says he showed no signs that he was planning to kill people.

Dr. Lynne Fenton testified Tuesday about the months before the 2012 shooting, when she treated Holmes for anxiety. Fenton says he told her he thought about killing people, but that he showed no signs of having a firm plan.

Fenton testified that she's had other patients who talked about wanting kill people. Fenton says when patient tells her that, she tries to find out if they have a plan for killing people or have any targets in mind.

In Holmes' case, she said, "there were no signs of that."

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10 a.m. (MDT)

A psychiatrist who treated James Holmes in the months before he opened fire on a Colorado movie theater has taken the stand in Holmes' trial.

Dr. Lynne Fenton testified Tuesday that Holmes told her he had homicidal thoughts, but she said they weren't directed at a particular person.

Fenton saw Holmes five times in 2012 while he was a neuroscience graduate student at the University of Colorado. She prescribed him medication for depression and anxiety.

Other witnesses have said Fenton knew that Holmes had thoughts of killing people but she didn't believe he would act on those thoughts.

Fenton's testimony is the first time she has spoken publicly about Holmes and their therapy sessions.

Holmes mailed Fenton a notebook hours before the shootings that killed 12 and injured 70.