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Colorado Shooting Suspect Had Prior Background Check

A University of Colorado spokeswoman says a criminal background check was done on theater shooting suspect James Holmes before the July 20 attack.

James Holmes mug shot
James Holmes mug shot (Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)

Jacque Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the university’s Denver campus, said Thursday a court gag order prevented her from discussing who requested the check, who performed it, and who saw the results.

Holmes had been a neuroscience graduate student at the university but told officials in June he was withdrawing.

Montgomery’s statement was believed to be the first explicit public confirmation that a check had been done on Holmes’ background before the shootings.

Montgomery did say that Campus Police Chief Doug Abraham was referring to that background check when he said at a July 23 news conference that Holmes had only a minor infraction on his record.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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