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Colorado shooting suspect was seeing psychiatrist before massacre

CNN has learned that the Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes was seeing a university of Colorado psychiatrist before the attack last Friday that left 12 people dead and 58 others wounded.

The new information is coming to light now because lawyers for Holmes are asking authorities to hand over a package Holmes sent to his psychiatrist.

CNN's Drew Griffin reports.

Colorado shooting suspect was a psychiatric patient

Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes was a patient of a University of Colorado psychiatrist before last week's attack at a movie theater that killed 12 people and wounded scores, according to a court document filed Friday by his public-defense lawyers.

The disclosure was in a request by Holmes for authorities to immediately hand over a package he sent to Dr. Lynne Fenton at the university's Anschutz Medical Campus.

According to Holmes' request, the package seized by authorities under a July 23 search warrant was a protected communication.

"The materials contained in that package include communications from Mr. Holmes to Dr. Fenton that Mr. Holmes asserts are privileged," said the document filed by public defenders representing Holmes. "Mr. Holmes was a psychiatric patient of Dr. Fenton, and his communications with her are protected."

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