Trove of affidavits and warrants related to the Aurora movie theater shooting case released
Last Updated: 247 days ago
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The new judge in the theater shooting case on Thursday agreed to the media's request to release several affidavits and warrants related to the case.
In one document, James Holmes' arrest warrant, an officer wrote about asking the suspect if anyone else was involved in the mass shooting.
"It was just me," Holmes responded, according to the report.
Another document reveals that a Batman mask was found in Holmes' Aurora apartment.
Holmes is accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater during the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20. Twelve people were killed, 58 were wounded and 12 others were hurt fleeing the theater.
A receipt from Fandango was also found inside the apartment. According to testimony at Holmes' preliminary hearing, he bought the ticket to Theater No. 8 at the Century 16 on July 7. On the night of the shooting, however, Holmes was able to walk into Theater No. 9, where the shooting later occurred.
According to the papers, other items found in Holmes' apartment at 1690 Paris St., No. 10 included a variety of DVDs, gun locks, chemicals, a gun cleaning kit, electric igniters, tape and 50 cans or bottles of a liquid.
Testimony during the preliminary hearing revealed many of the canisters contained layered combinations of improvised napalm, thermite and/or black powder. The preliminary hearing also revealed the explosive or incendiary devices were linked to three separate ignition systems.
A search warrant for one of Holmes' email addresses revealed new information about Holmes' relationship with Dr. Lynne Fenton, a student psychiatrist at the University of Colorado. During the Aurora Police Department's investigation after the shooting, the document shows a CU officer informed them that Fenton had described Holmes as having homicidal thoughts.
The CU officer said Fenton told her that Holmes had threatened and harassed her via email and text messages.
That same officer told the sergeant she had deactivated Holmes' identification card on June 12, because of that complaint.
The trove of documents also contained a July 27 search warrant application for Holmes' iPhone and computers.
The warrant for the email address, which was filed almost a month later, on Aug. 23, detailed photographs recovered from the iPhone.
Also discussed during the preliminary hearing, some of the photographs depicted the interior and exterior of the movie theater. Other photos showed Holmes with the now-infamous orange hair and his arsenal of weaponry.
At the preliminary hearing, an ATF agent identified several websites that Holmes used to purchase the equipment and ammunition allegedly used in the shooting and booby traps in his apartment.
Judge Carlos Samour, who was assigned to the case after Judge William Sylvester had to reassign himself on Monday, ordered the release of the documents Thursday. It is in response to a Jan. 16 motion filed by 7NEWS and a cooperative group of other local and national media outlets.
Holmes' lawyers had objected to the release of the documents. Prosecutors, meanwhile, said they didn't object to the release as long as police reports and the names of victims and witnesses are redacted.
"Based on the specific circumstances present at this stage in the litigation, the Court holds that the defendant has failed to advance an overriding and compelling state interest to abridge the First Amendment rights of Media Petitioners and the public," the judge wrote in his ruling.
-- Here is a list of the documents released Thursday:
Arrest warrant affidavit: http://ch7ne.ws/16zVxqf
The package sent to CU: http://ch7ne.ws/Xsw5SQ
Warrant for search of Holmes' computer: http://ch7ne.ws/11txNme
Warrant for search of Holmes' car: http://ch7ne.ws/Z51R3G
Search warrant for Holmes' apartment: http://ch7ne.ws/Z52cDm
Search warrant for a neighboring apartment: http://ch7ne.ws/Xgylud
-- A complete timeline of the case for mobile devices: http://ch7ne.ws/14ubM9u
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