Alleged ‘Dark Knight’ Shooter James Holmes appeared for the first time in court today and now his family is issuing a statement through their lawyer, Lisa Damiani.
In a July 23 press conference, attorney Lisa Damiani spoke on behalf of the Holmes family. She made it clear she was speaking on behalf of the parents and she does not represent suspected gunman James Holmes.
James’ mother Arlene Holmes wanted to clarify an original ABC report where she said “You have the right person” over the phone on the night of the shooting. The news outlet reported that she was identifying her son as the shooter. Today, through her lawyer Lisa Damiani, Arlene clarified, by saying she replied “You have the right person” when the news reporter asked if her name was Arlene Holmes and asked if she was the mother of James Holmes.
Here is the full statement that was read by Damiani: “This statement is to clarify a statement made by ABC media. I was awakened by a call from a reporter by 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, and I would need to find out.”
Damiani answered questions from the press following the statement. “I have concern for their safety,” she said about the Holmes family, because of the “attention” this case is getting.
“I really can’t comment” on whether the family has been in contact with James, she said.
“The family has elected not to discuss James or their relationship with James at this time.”
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