Aurora Shooting: Another ABC News Report Disputed

07/25/2012 05:42 pm ET | Updated Jul 25, 2012

Another ABC News report on the tragic Aurora shooting has been disputed, TVSpy reported on Wednesday.

ABC News and New York Daily News reported on Tuesday that sources said James Holmes, the 24-year-old shooting suspect, spit at jail officers "so frequently that at one point he was made to wear a face guard."

Denver ABC-affiliate KMGH later disputed the report. The station's investigative reporter, John Ferrugia, tweeted that "knowledgable" law enforcement sources he reached out to called the report "simply b.s."

Details from the jail have been difficult for news organization to acquire since the judge presiding over Holmes' case issued a gag order earlier this week.

The story that appeared on the affiliate's website called out the original report, but did not mention ABC News by name. The original ABC News story now has an editor's note attached.

This is the third reporting hiccup for ABC News since the Aurora shooting. During the network's breaking news coverage of the shooting on Friday, investigative correspondent Brian Ross incorrectly suggested that the shooting suspect was linked to the Tea Party. The network apologized for Ross' blunder.

On Monday, Holmes' mother said that an ABC News report from Friday mischaracterized her conversation with a producer. In the hours immediately following the shooting, ABC News reported that they reached Holmes' mother and said that she told the network, "You have the right person," referring to her son. Holmes' mother clarified her statement and said that she was "referring to herself." ABC News stood by its original report.

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