Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes ordered to submit palm print, DNA

Prosecutors want to compare print to theater door


A Colorado judge has ordered authorities to collect a palm print and DNA sample from the Aurora theater shooting suspect.

Arapahoe County District Judge William B. Sylvester issued his order Tuesday. Prosecutors argued Thursday that they needed the print from 24-year-old James Holmes to compare with a print found on the inside of a theater exit door, as well as a DNA sample for comparing with other evidence collected by investigators.

Holmes is charged with 152 counts in the July shooting that killed 12 people and wounded 58 others.

On Friday, Sylvester denied Holmes' attorneys' request for sanctions against prosecutors for "reckless disregard for the truth" for statements about threats and being banned from a university campus.

Sylvester issued his order after prosecutors said they submitted evidence supporting their claims.

Holmes History

Holmes moved from California to Colorado to study neurosciences at the University of Colorado. In June, he failed his graduate school oral examinations, and was denied access to CU's Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora on June 12 "after he made threats to a professor at the school," Arapahoe County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Pearson wrote in court papers.

As the 24-year-old voluntarily began withdrawing from the graduate program and was denied access to campus, "he began a detailed and complex plan to obtain firearms, ammunition, a tear-gas grenade, body armor, a gas-mask and a ballistic helmet, which were used in the commission of the murders and the attempted murders," Pearson wrote.

Holmes was treated by CU psychiatrist and professor Lynne Fenton for an unspecified psychological problem. His defense attorneys have said he is mentally ill.

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