Aurora gunman James Holmes 'mentally ill'

  • The man accused of last month's Colorado movie theater massacre is mentally ill, according to defence lawyers.

    The statement was made during a court hearing on a motion by America media outlets to weaken a gag order on the case against James Holmes.

    His lawyers argued they need more time and information from prosecutors to fully assess his condition.

    The 24-year-old former PhD student was at the hearing and looked dazed, similar to previous appearances.

    Holmes is accused of shooting dead 12 people at a Batman film screening. Around 58 people were also injured in the attack at the Century 16 multiplex in the Denver suburb of Aurora.