(Adds details from court hearing)
CENTENNIAL, Colo., Aug 9 (Reuters) - Accused Colorado
shooter James Holmes, charged with murder over a shooting
rampage last month at a movie theater in a Denver suburb, has a
"mental illness" and tried to get help before the shootings, his
defense attorney said in court on Thursday.
Holmes, who is accused of opening fire at a midnight
screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in the suburb of Aurora,
was present during a hearing in which a judge was considering a
request by 20 media organizations to unseal documents related to
Holmes' public defender, Daniel King, repeatedly made
references to his client's unspecified mental illness.
" H e tried to get help with his mental illness," King said.
Twelve people died and 58 others were wounded in the
Wearing maroon prison garb and shackled at his hands and
ankles, with his dyed hair fading to pink in some places from
its original reddish-orange, Holmes appeared unshaven.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Writing by Mary Slosson; Editing
by Cynthia Johnston)