Lawyer: Holmes Family's Hearts Go Out to Victims
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An attorney for the family of Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes read a statement to clarify comments the suspect's mother made to ABC News early Friday. She also said the Holmes family's hearts go out to victims of the shooting. (July 23)


[SOT/:LISA DAMIANI / HOLMES FAMILY ATTORNEY -- POOL VIDEO -- JULY 23] [Notes:LOCATION --SAN DIEGO]: "The reason we're here is that the media has been attributingcertain statements to Arlene Holmes and taking her statements out of context.I would like to take the time to read a statement from Arlene Holmesclarifying what transpired in the early morning, Friday morning when she got a phone call from an ABC reporter."[Notes:SOT -- LISA DAMIANI -- POOL VIDEO]'This statement is to clarify a statement made by ABC media.I was awakened by a reporter from ABC media on July 20th about 5:45 in themorning. I did not know anything about a shooting in Aurora at that time. Heasked if I was Arlene Holmes, and if my son was James Holmes who lives inAurora, Colorado. I answered yes, you have the right person. I was referringto myself. I asked him to tell me why he was calling, and he told me about ashooting in Aurora. He asked for a comment, I told him I could not comment,because I could not comment, because I did not if the person he was talkingabout was my son, and I would need to find out."[Notes:SOT -- LISA DAMIANI / HOLMES FAMILY ATTORNEY / POOL VIDEO] "This is a significant case for a lot of people. The victims,their families, and what people are saying to the media ultimately is beingheard by the District Attorney in Colorado, by the defense attorneys, butthe courts, by the public, and it's important to know that individuals don't gethauled into thinking they are going to be making certain statements, andthat they have personal knowledge about things, when in fact they don't, cause itwaste a lot of court time. It's also important that a case of thissignificant be tried in the courtroom, and not in the media." [Notes:SOT -- LISA DAMIANI / HOLMES FAMILY ATTORNEY -- POOL VIDEO]SOT- Damiani: "Reiterate that their hearts go out to the victims and theirfamilies. The Holmes family would like to maintain their privacy. So at thiswe will not be discussing James, or his relationship to the family, and wewould respect courtesy in that regard."(****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: Ned Barker---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: pool video-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: bianca davie----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: none----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): none--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: a1026BC-US--Colorado Shooting, 22nd Ld-Writethru,1