ABC’s “Yes, You’ve Got The Right Person” Quote Disputed

James Holmes booking photo (Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office)

The family of accused mass murders James Holmes issued a statement via San Diego attorney Lisa J. Damiani about ABC News’ much repeated “Yes, you’ve got the right person” quote from the early aftermath of the shooting at the Dark Knight Rises showing in Aurora Colorado. They dispute that she identified her son as the shooter, and that she was acknowledging his participation or guilt. From NBC:

On Monday, Arlene Holmes wanted to explain her comments made to ABC News early Friday. Damiani read the following statement:

“I was awakened by a call from a reporter from ABC Media on July 20 about 5:45 a.m. I did not know anything about a shooting in Aurora at that time. He asked if I was Arlene Holmes and if my son was James Holmes who lives in Aurora, Colorado. I answered ‘Yes, you have the right person.’ I was referring to myself. I asked him to tell me why he was calling and he told me about a shooting in Aurora. He asked for a comment. I told him I could not comment because I did not know if the person he was talking about was my son and I would need to find out.”

Damiani said the family wanted to reiterate their condolences for the victims in the shooting. No other details were divulged.

The ABC reporter stands by his reporting. I’m sure Brian Ross was standing behind his story too…

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