New Details Emerge After Release Of Aurora Shooting Court Documents

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Prosecutors say the suspect in a deadly movie theater attack threatened a professor at the University of Colorado before the shooting.

It's one of the first new details to emerge after Friday morning's court documents release. Arapahoe County Judge William B. Sylvester ordered the release despite protestations from attorneys on both sides, who have argued that the documents should be sealed to preserve suspect James Holmes' right to a fair trial and protect the ongoing investigation.

Some information inside the released documents has been blacked out to protect identities of witnesses. The arrest affidavit and requests for search warrants and subpoenas were released at all.

According to the court documents, prosecutors say Holmes was prohibited from having access to the campus due to threatening the professor. The name of the professor was blacked out.

In other documents, defense attorneys say the prosecutors' allegations are false, based on university statements. The university has said Holmes was denied access to non-public parts of the campus because he had withdrawn from school. Holmes had been a neuroscience graduate student not long before his arrest.

The release of court documents could shed light on what prosecutors say led to the July 20 shooting at the Century 16 theater in Aurora during a special midnight showing of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Holmes, 24, faces 152 charges in the shooting that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.