Lawyers For 'Dark Knight Rises' Gunman Say He's 'Mentally Ill': [ send to a friend ]
Lawyers representing 'Dark Knight Rises' gunman James Holmes claim he is mentally ill and tried to get help for his "illness" in the past.
They made the claim in a hearing Thursday, nearly three weeks after Holmes' allegedly shot 12 people and injured 58 others at a Colorado movie theater.
"He tried to get help with his mental illness," Daniel King said of the 24-year-old former neuroscience graduate student. "We cannot begin to assess the nature and depth of Mr. Holmes' metal illness until we receive full disclosure."
It was the first clear sign that Holmes' lawyers might be seriously considering an insanity defense for their client. It's been reported that Holmes' psychiatrist expressed concerns over his behavior to authorities prior to the shooting and they may use that to their advantage.
Holmes was unshaven for his court appearance, wearing maroon prison garb and shackled at his hands and ankles, with his dyed hair fading to pink in parts from its original reddish-orange. He once again stared straight ahead for most of the appearance without much emotion.
He is facing 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.