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Colorado mass shooting suspect reportedly claims to have amnesia

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July 23, 2012: In this file photo, James Holmes, accused of killing 12 people in Friday's shooting rampage in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, appears in Arapahoe County District Court with defense attorney Tamara Brady in Centennial, Colo. (AP)

The suspect in the Colorado movie theater massacre is reportedly claiming to have amnesia.

James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 when he allegedly opened fire on a crowded Aurora movie theater at the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," is reportedly telling jail staff he doesn't know why he’s in prison.

"He claims he doesn't know why he's in jail," an unnamed jailhouse worker told The New York Daily News. "He asked 'Why am I here?'"

Holmes, 24, also reportedly was complaining about the food and of a stomachache, the worker told the newspaper.

"The guy killed 12 people, and he's upset that he' not getting a four-star meal?" the unidentified Arapahoe County Detention Center worker told The Daily News, suggesting Holmes is "faking it."

Holmes remains under 23-hour lockdown, leaving his cell only once a day.

Neighbors and friends in San Diego, where Holmes grew up, have described him as brilliant and sometimes awkward but never displaying signs of violence.

On Thursday a judge barred the University of Colorado Denver from releasing any records about the former graduate student’s time there. What happened to Holmes during his time in the school’s neuroscience program is one of the many mysteries lingering after last Friday’s mass shooting.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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