(NEW YORK) — The psychiatrist who treated accused Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooter James Holmes is being sued by a woman whose husband was among the 12 audience members killed at last July’s midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
Chantel Blunk, the widow of Jonathan T. Blunk, claims in her lawsuit against Dr. Lynne Fenton that she and five other defendants should have placed Holmes on a 72-hour psychiatric hold.
Blunk alleges that Holmes told Fenton that he “fantasized about killing a lot of people” a month before the shootings. At the time, Holmes was a graduate student at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus where Fenton worked.
The suit claims Fenton took no other action besides notifying CU’s Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment team about Holmes.
In fact, Blunk also states that when a campus police officer asked if Holmes should be put in psychiatric hold, Fenton allegedly rejected the idea.
University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery said “the university believes the lawsuit is not well-founded legally or factually” and has hired attorneys to defend Fenton.
Holmes faces 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire
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