More news from what is quickly becoming the summer of Holmes…
As the investigation continues into the motives behind the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre in July, it has come to light that suspected "Dark Knight" shooter James Holmes was rejected from University of Iowa’s graduate program.
According to 7NEWS’ The Denver Channel, emails were exchanged between faculty members about an application that Holmes submitted to the neuroscience program at the university.
"Do NOT offer admission under any circumstances," the email message reads.
Holmes’ application was submitted in October 2010.
The source of the message was Dr. Daniel Tranel, a professor at the school’s Psychology/Neurosciences department. In the message, a total of seven applicants were mentioned, four of which Tranel indicated should be offered admission.
Faculty member Mark Blumberg, responded to the message, agreeing with Tranel’s opinion.
“James Holmes: I agree with Dan. Don't admit," wrote Blumberg.
As of right now, it is unclear as to why the two professors were so adamant about not letting Holmes in. 7NEWS spoke with a professor who reviewed his application, but couldn’t recall the reasoning behind the decision.
“Occasionally, we do see applicants who, for a variety of reasons, we feel are not suitable for graduate study,” the professor said. “I'm sorry that I don't have any specific details to provide in this instance."
In the application, Holmes wrote that he was also applying to Texas A&M, Kansas University, the University of Michigan, the University of Alabama, and the University of Colorado, which he was later accepted into.
He also wrote about his interest in the human brain, saying that “only with a multidisciplinary perspective to the specialized field of neuroscience can we hope to fully understand the brain."
Holmes is being charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder after allegedly opening fire on a movie theater during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20.