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Family Of James Holmes, Colorado Shooting Suspect, Makes A Statement (VIDEO, UPDATED)

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By Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- A lawyer representing family members of the suspect in the Colorado mass shooting plans to hold a news conference Monday in San Diego.

Lisa Damiani plans to meet reporters at 1 p.m. Pacific time.


She's representing the family of 24-year-old James Holmes, who made his first court appearance Monday in a Denver suburb where he's being held without bond.

Authorities say Holmes opened fire on a crowded movie theater Friday at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. Twelve people were killed and 58 were injured.

Update by The Huffington Post: Lisa Damiani, a lawyer for the Holmes family, began the news conference by clarifying that she did not represent James Holmes. She went on to explain that the purpose of the news conference was to clarify statements that Arlene Holmes, James' mother, made to ABC in the hours after the shooting.

This is Arlene Holmes' statement, based on the video from NBC San Diego (above):

This statement is to clarify a statement made by ABC media. I was awakened by a call from a reporter from ABC on July 20, about 5:45 in the morning. I did not know anything about a shooting in Aurora at that time. He asked if I was Arlene Holmes and if my son was James Holmes, who lives in Aurora, Colorado. I answered, "Yes, you have the right person."

I was referring to myself. I asked him to tell me why he was calling and he told me about a shooting in Aurora. He asked for a comment. I told him I could not comment because I did not know if the person he was talking about was my son.

After she read the prepared statement, Damiani refused to answer questions about James Holmes and his relationship with his family, although she did add that "everyone's concerned" that he could face the death penalty, reports the Associated Press.

When journalists asked Damiani if the family stands by Holmes, she answered, "Yes they do. He's their son."

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