A woman accused of hurling a soccer cleat at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a speech last week reportedly has a bizarre history with accused Aurora shooter James Holmes.
Alison Ernst, 36, of Phoenix, was released from Clark County Jail with a misdemeanor disorderly conduct summons after the incident during Clinton's speech for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries on Thursday. Nearly two years prior to the shoe incident, Ernst appeared in a Colorado courtroom during one of Holmes' appearances, claiming she had evidence that he was innocent of the Aurora movie theatre shooting, which killed 12 and left 58 wounded in July 2012, the New York Daily News reports.
After Ernst was removed from the courtroom she filed a motion alleging that Holmes was "mind-controlled" by a ring of "worldwide crooks." The motion was later dismissed by a judge, the National Journal reports.
"Holmes is an innocent man. James Holmes must be released to me asap. This is a huge conspiracy," read Ernst's motion, which also alleged that a movie theatre chain owner was the culprit of the Aurora shooting and claimed he was part of a massive conspiracy led by a group that "want[s] to control the world through false flag attacks akin to George Orwell 1984 [sic]."
In another bizarre twist, Ernst later posted a preliminary injunction document to her personal website in which said she would seek a restraining order against Holmes, whom she claimed was possessing her mind.
“James enters my head like Dennis Quaid in ‘Innerspace’ and he zooms to my heart and plays with it and forces me to care for him,” the document read. “I seek a restraining order to stop Holmes from entering my mind through subliminal messaging and causing me to be obsessed with him on a daily basis.”
Ernst is due back in court June 24 for charges relating to the shoe-throwing incident.