CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Prosecutors in the Colorado movie theater shooting on Thursday abruptly dropped their effort to gain access to a notebook written by suspect James Holmes, who appeared in court looking engaged and without the orange hair he had in previous appearances.
Holmes, who has been in custody since the July 20 shooting at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, seemed alert as he watched the proceedings. His once orange hair was short and brown and he was well-trimmed and groomed, unlike the wild-eyed visage he had presented before.
Thursday’s hearing was designed for the prosecution to again seek the notebook, which the defense has maintained is protected by patient-doctor privilege. Holmes had sent the notebook to University of Colorado psychiatrist Lynne Fenton.
Arapahoe County District Judge William B. Sylvester at the end of August rebuffed the prosecution's efforts, rejecting its argument that the doctor-patient relationship had ended June 11. But the jurist allowed another hearing Thursday.