Widow sues suspect’s psychiatrist
Jan. 15, 2013
DENVER — A woman whose husband was killed in a Colorado massacre has filed a lawsuit accusing a psychiatrist of failing to use “reasonable care” in treating the suspect.
Chantel Blunk is taking legal action against the University of Colorado, Dr. Lynne Fenton and five other defendants whose names were not mentioned in the suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver, The Denver Post reported.
Blunk’s husband, Jonathan Blunk, was one of 12 people killed in Aurora, Colo., July 20, when James Holmes, 24, allegedly opened fire on a movie theater audience. Seventy people were wounded in the attack.
The lawsuit claims Holmes told Fenton, director of student mental health services at the university’s Anschutz Medical Campus, “he fantasized about killing a lot of people.” The suit alleges Fenton took no further action after notifying the university’s Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment team — and “rejected the idea” of placing Holmes on a psychiatric hold.