Report: Holmes’ psychiatrist reported behavior to colleagues

Updated 9:35 AM EDT, Thu August 2, 2012

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CNN affiliate KMGH says the psychiatrist was concerned about Holmes' behavior

The station says she mentioned her concerns in early June

Holmes is accused of opening fire in a movie theater July 20

12 people were killed and 58 wounded

(CNN) —  

The psychiatrist treating the accused Colorado movie theater gunman was so concerned about his behavior that she mentioned it to her colleagues, saying he could potentially be a danger to others, CNN affiliate KMGH reported Wednesday, citing sources with knowledge of the investigation.

The psychiatrist’s concerns surfaced in early June, nearly six weeks before the July 20 killings inside a movie theater in Aurora, sources told the Denver station.

Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded when the gunman opened fire during a screening of the new Batman film. James Holmes, 24, was charged Monday with murder and attempted murder in the case; he also faces two weapons charges.

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A court document filed Friday revealed Holmes was a patient of University of Colorado psychiatrist Lynne Fenton before the attack.

Dr. Lynne Fenton expressed her concerns about James Holmes six weeks before the July 20 killings.
From University of Colorado Denver
Dr. Lynne Fenton expressed her concerns about James Holmes six weeks before the July 20 killings.

Sources told KMGH that Fenton contacted several members of a “behavioral evaluation and threat assessment” team to say Holmes could potentially be a danger to others, the station reported.

The “BETA” team consists of “key” staff members from various university departments who have specific expertise in dealing with assessing potential threats on campus, the school says on its website.

Holmes was a doctoral student at the university’s Anschutz Medical Campus until June, when he withdrew from the program.

Sources told KMGH that university officials never contacted Aurora police with Fenton’s concerns before the July 20 killings.

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“Fenton made initial phone calls about engaging the BETA team” in “the first 10 days” of June but it “never came together” because in the period Fenton was having conversations with team members, Holmes began the process of dropping out of school, a source told KMGH.

Sources told the station that when Holmes withdrew, the BETA team “had no control over him.”

KMGH said sources did not know what Holmes tol