James Holmes has been hospitalized after the accused Colorado theater gunman allegedly tried to harm himself by running into a jail cell wall.
On Tuesday, a then-unspecified medical condition brought James Holmes to a hospital, leaving him unable to attend a court hearing set for two days, NBC News reported.
In an emergency meeting on Wednesday, lawyers for Holmes said a sudden development caused the condition and requested a delay in the routine hearing that had been set for Thursday.
“What occurred was mid-day yesterday. We were informed of a situation that involved a trip to a hospital,” attorney Tamara Brady said in court, giving a cryptic hint as to the nature of James Holmes’ hospitalization: “It’s not as simple as a migraine.”
Holmes is accused of opening fire in a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in a suburban Denver movie theater, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. His lawyers didn’t respond to questions about whether Holmes was still in the hospital.
Prosecutors opposed the motion, saying that the hearing should not be delayed unless there was more information about Holmes’ condition.
“It is not clear whether it is claimed he is suffering from a physical medical condition, a mental condition, whether he is suffering from a negative emotional reaction to his circumstances, or anything other than he has some kind of ‘condition,’” prosecutors wrote in their response.
The Huffington Post reported that James Holmes was hospitalized after a “half-hearted suicide attempt.” Holmes reportedly ran headfirst into a jail cell wall. He first stood on his bed and fell backward into a wall, then ran into the wall, and, for a third attempt, tried to bash his head into the wall again, the report said.