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Dr. Lynne Fenton, Psychiatrist Of Aurora Shooting Suspect, Was Disciplined For Drug Prescriptions

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Dr. Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist with the University of Colorado, treated James Holmes before the Aurora movie theater shooting.
Dr. Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist with the University of Colorado, treated James Holmes before the Aurora movie theater shooting.

The psychiatrist who treated James Holmes was reprimanded by Colorado's medical board in 2005 for prescribing drugs to herself, her husband and an employee, according to WPTV.

The Colorado Medical Board of Examiners faulted Dr. Lynne Fenton for incomplete record keeping after prescribing Vicodin, Xanax, Lorazepam and Ambien in the late 1990s, the station said.

Reporters dug into Fenton's background after attorneys for the Aurora shooting suspect disclosed in court documents that Holmes was her patient.

The board found that Fenton wrote prescriptions for Lorazepam and Vicodin to an employee with headaches and anxiety. Another time, she provided Xanax for an employee before a flight and took the three tablets herself while her mom battled a terminal disease, according to NBC News. Her husband got an Ambien prescription from her to treat insomnia.

As part of the medical board's order, Fenton had to complete additional medical training and give her word that she wouldn't prescribe medications to herself or her family.

Holmes' lawyers want to obtain a notebook that he mailed to Fenton before he allegedly opened fire at a packed screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people and wounding 58 more. Reports about the journal are disputed, but the initial account claimed it included troubling sketches of a shooting.

Prosecutors charged Holmes on Monday with 142 crimes, including 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 attempted murder.

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