Colorado Movie Theater Massacre

The Latest: 1st witness testifies in theater shooting trial


A law enforcement officer adjusts a barrier for media in front of the Arapahoe County District Court, on the first day of the trial of the Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Monday April 27, 2015. As the trial begins, the question isn't whether Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 70, but whether he was sane at the time of the killings. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

A law enforcement officer adjusts a barrier for media in front of the Arapahoe County District Court, on the first day of the trial of the Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo., Monday April 27, 2015. As the trial begins, the question isn’t whether Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 70, but whether he was sane at the time of the killings. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

9:05 a.m. MDT

Katie Medley, the first witness to testify in the Colorado theater shooting trial, said she thought her husband was dead after he was shot in the head but then noticed he was breathing.

She said police opened the exit door and screamed for people to come outside.

She told her friend Ashley Kurz that she had to make a decision about whether to leave or stay with her husband, and she decided to leave to make sure their unborn baby — which could be the last piece of him — would survive. She said she took his hand and he squeezed it.

“I told him that I loved him and that I would take care of our baby if he didn’t make it,” she said.

As she and her friend left, she said she had to step over bodies on the floor and then slipped in a large amount of blood. A police officer caught her.

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8:50 a.m. MDT

The Colorado theater shooting trial has resumed with prosecutors calling their first witness: Katie Medley, the wife of an aspiring comedian, Caleb Medley, who was shot in the head in the July 20, 2012, attack.

She was nine months pregnant at the time and gave birth to their first child a few days after the shooting in the same hospital where her husband lay in critical condition in a medically induced coma.

Caleb Medley was the last person wounded in the shooting to be released from the hospital, about two months after the attack, and he went to long-term care facility.

Source: AP

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