Holmes’ psychiatrist worried he was shifting into a schizophrenic state

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By Peri Duncan // CU News Corps // Published June 16, 2015

Dr. Lynne Fenton took the witness stand today, visibly shaking as she recounted her seven psychiatric appointments with defendant James Holmes. On multiple occasions he told Fenton that he had thoughts of killing people.

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Emotional victims of Aurora theater shooting testify

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By Peri Duncan // CU News Corps // Published May 27, 2015

All Jansen Young could think about during her escape from theater 9 on July 20, 2012, was getting help for her boyfriend of nine months, 26-year-old Jonathan Blunk.

Blunk pushed his petite girlfriend, then 21 years old, under the seats when the shooting began, blocking her with his body. Young knew something was wrong because her boyfriend’s easy-going demeanor was replaced by an urgency she’d never seen from him before.

“I thought it was a prank, like a zombie crawl,” Young said.

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Aurora theater shooting – Chilling 911 call and autopsy pictures

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By Peri Duncan // CU News Corps // Published on May 21, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — On the night of July 19, 2012, Keven Quinonez went to the Aurora Century 16 theater with his girlfriend. Thursday in court, almost three years after James Holmes walked into theater 9 and started his murder spree, the prosecution shared a recording of the chilling 911 call Quinonez made during the shooting.

The call hardly lasted 20 seconds, but was highly disturbing. Most of what can be heard is gunshots, blood-curdling screams, and the dispatcher repeatedly asking for Quinonez’ location because she could not hear him over the sound of gunshots.

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Opening statements in Aurora theater trial focus on horror, insanity

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By Peri Duncan // CU News Corps // Published April 27, 2015

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Prosecutors focused on “bullets, blood, brains and bodies” during Monday’s opening statements in the Aurora theater shooting trial, while defense attorneys predictably posited that defendant James Holmes was insane when he walked into the theater on July 20, 2012, for a midnight movie showing that ended with 12 people dead.

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Aurora Theater Trial Background

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By Peri Duncan // CU News Corps // Published April 23, 2015

The world will be watching Colorado over the next few months as the Aurora Theater Shooting trial begins Monday in Arapahoe County, nearly three years after the July 20, 2012, shooting.

In the first minutes of that morning, during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” at Aurora’s Century movie theater, a gunman set off tear gas grenades and, wielding multiple firearms, opened fire into the audience. Twelve people were killed and 70 injured — it was Colorado’s deadliest shooting since the 1999 Columbine massacre.

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