Holmes Told Classmate He Wanted to Kill People, File Alleges

By Elliott, Dan; Riccardi, Nicholas | Winnipeg Free Press, August 25, 2012 | Go to article overview

Holmes Told Classmate He Wanted to Kill People, File Alleges


Elliott, Dan, Riccardi, Nicholas, Winnipeg Free Press


DENVER -- The man accused of opening fire on a Colorado movie theatre in July told a classmate he wanted to kill people four months before the shooting, newly filed court records allege.

Prosecutors made the allegation in a motion released Friday seeking access to James Holmes' records from the University of Colorado Denver's neuroscience graduate program.

Holmes "had conversations with a classmate about wanting to kill people in March 2012, and that he would do so when his life was over," attorneys for the state wrote.

That alleged conversation would have occurred at roughly the same time Holmes began receiving "a high volume of deliveries" at his home and at the university, said Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates. Authorities have not said what those packages contained, but they said he ordered thousands of rounds of ammunition on the Internet.

The prosecution's allegation is the earliest report of a possible threat from Holmes, who was an enigma to many before authorities said he opened fire on a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and 58 were wounded.

Prosecutors said Holmes left the neuroscience program in June after also making unspecified threats to a professor and failing his year-end final that month.

Holmes' attorneys argue prosecutors should have no access to his student records.

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