CU releases some documents related to James Holmes, including a second ID photo
The University of Colorado has released four documents in response to more than thirty open records requests filed by the media. Three are heavily redacted and the fourth is a log of which buildings accused Aurora theater shooter and former student James Holmes entered using his campus ID.
That record includes a second ID photo of Holmes. (Continue reading to see a bigger version.)
The building access log (on view below) shows that Holmes turned in his ID on June 15. Someone checked to see that it was disabled on July 20, the same day Holmes is accused of opening fire at an Aurora movie theater during a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie. He's charged with 166 crimes related to the shooting, in which twelve people died and more than 58 were wounded.
Holmes was in the process of withdrawing from school, where he was a neuroscience student. Prosecutors have said Holmes wasn't doing well academically. At a court hearing on August 23, prosecutor Karen Pearson said he failed his oral exams on June 7, which was "very much relevant to what happened afterward" -- including that Holmes bought guns and ammunition and rigged his apartment with explosives. Holmes's attorneys have questioned the validity of those statements.
The log shows Holmes had access to buildings in which he worked and studied. Holmes also saw a university psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Fenton. But according to CU spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery, "no student would need badge access to visit with wellness center."
The university also released delivery logs (on view below) that show Holmes signed for something on April 6 and initialed for something else on April 24. Montgomery says the packages were "legitimate research materials."
Two other documents (also on view below) include National Institutes of Health stipend data for pre-doctoral students. All names have been redacted. Holmes was one of six recipients of an NIH grant for neuroscience students.
Here's a statement from CU about the grant:
He had an appointment on a Neuroscience Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant funds six pre-thesis PhD students in the Neuroscience Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The focus of the program is on training outstanding neuroscientists and academicians who will make significant contributions to neurobiology. It's called the NIH T32 grant HD041697 entitled "Neuroscience Training Grant."
On November 14, the judge in Holmes's criminal case lifted a gag order related to CU. "The Court has restricted the release of information for almost four months now," Judge William Sylvester wrote, "giving everyone involved adequate opportunity to prepare for the proper and authorized disclosure to the public."
Media outlets have requested reams of documents. CU says it will not release Holmes's application (other universities have released his applications), his grades or any paperwork he filed requesting to withdraw from school. Student records are protected by the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Criminal justice records are also protected by law. CU police chief Doug Abraham wrote a letter explaining his decision to release Holmes's building access log -- and nothing else. Read it below.
Keep reading to see a bigger version of Holmes's ID photo and read the documents referenced in this post.
An ID photo of James Holmes released by the University of Colorado.
More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archive: "James Holmes: Inmate's strange tale of 'confession' and suicide efforts."
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