James Holmes Told Classmate He'd Kill People Months Before Aurora Theater Shooting

James Holmes Arraignment - P 2012
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James Holmes Arraignment - P 2012

The alleged gunman behind the 'Dark Knight Rises' massacre said he planned to kill "when his life was over," the District Attorney revealed Friday.

Four months before he allegedly opened fire on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes told a classmate at the University of Colorado that he intended to kill people.

Arapahoe County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Pearson, the prosecutor in the case against Holmes released documents on Friday that revealed Holmes made the threats before flunking oral exams in his University of Colorado graduate program; he was later barred from the campus after threatening a professor, and had begun withdrawing from the school.

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Holmes is accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 in a rampage of gunfire during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20. He is charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder, and 116 counts of attempted murder.

The 24-year-old's lawyers have claimed that Holmes is mentally ill; his psychiatrist, Dr. Lynne Felton, reportedly expressed her concern with Holmes' behavior ahead of the shooting. He also allegedly sent a notebook detailing his plans to the school, though it went unopened.

During his first hearing, he entered no plea.