July 23, 2012 / 8:42 PM / 7 years ago

Accused Colorado shooter's mother says comment misconstrued

The home of Arlene Holmes, mother of the James Holmes, is seen in Rancho Penasquitos, California July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) - An attorney representing the family of James Holmes, the man accused in Friday’s mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, on Monday said his mother’s initial comment to ABC News on the morning of the shooting has been misconstrued.

Reading a statement she attributed to Arlene Holmes, San Diego-based attorney Lisa Damiani said Arlene Holmes’ comment “You have the right person” to an ABC reporter referred to herself, not James Holmes as some media have suggested.

Arlene Holmes made the comment when the ABC reporter phoned her early Friday morning and asked if she was Arlene Holmes and if James Holmes was her son, Damiani said. Her comment has been misconstrued to suggest she was not surprised by her son’s alleged involvement in the shooting.

At a press conference outside her office, Damiani said the Holmes family is choosing not to discuss James Holmes or his relationship with the family at this time. She declined to answer questions about the family’s whereabouts.

The Holmeses were “doing as well as they can under the circumstances,” said Damiani, whose comments came several hours after James Holmes’ initial appearance in a Colorado court.

Reporting by Dan Burns; Reporting by Jackie Frank

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