The Latest: Prosecution rests in theater shooting trial

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2:40 p.m. (MDT)

The prosecution in the Colorado theater shooting trial has rested after aiming to show James Holmes planned and carried out the massacre while knowing it was wrong.

Prosecutors relied on emotional testimony from victims, graphic photos and a state-appointed psychiatrist’s videotaped interview with Holmes to undermine his claim that he was too mentally ill to know right from wrong. The final witness was the mother of the youngest person killed in the shooting who was left paralyzed and suffered a miscarriage.

2:15 p.m. (MDT)

A woman who was among the most seriously injured in the Colorado theater shooting is testifying as prosecutors wrap up their case.

Ashley Moser’s 6-year-old daughter, Veronica, was killed in the July 20, 2012, attack. Moser was paralyzed and suffered a miscarriage.

She came to the witness stand Friday in a motorized wheelchair.

Moser says she heard what she thought were kids shooting off fireworks in the theater and wanted to leave. She says she reached for her daughter’s hand, but it slipped away.

She recalled standing up and getting hit in the chest. Moser says, “I remember falling and landing on her.”

Moser will tie up a case that opened with testimony from Katie Medley, who was nine months pregnant when her husband, Caleb, was shot in the head while seated next to her.

Caleb Medley can no longer walk and has trouble talking.


2:10 p.m. (MDT)

A police detective says James Holmes researched things including Colorado shooting ranges, military tactics before attacking a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012.

Detective Craig Appel says Holmes also researched the materials he used in the booby trap at his apartment.

Appel says the history on Holmes’ computer showed queries for and YouTube videos and Wikipedia entries on black powder, pipe bombs, smoke bombs and a book called “How To Make Bombs, Book One.”

His testimony came as prosecutors wrap up their case against Holmes with a focus both on the pain suffered by victims and Holmes’ planning for the attack. They must prove he was sane at the time of the shooting and knew right from wrong.


11 a.m. (MDT)

James Holmes warned a former fellow graduate student to stay away from him just over a week before he carried out a deadly attack at a Colorado movie theater.

Hillary Allen says she texted Holmes to check on him July 8, 2012, about a month after he said he was dropping out of school. He told her he had a form of mania and that she should avoid him, saying he was “bad news bears.”

During their text exchange, Allen asked Holmes if his condition was manageable. He responded: “It was. Floodgates open now.”

Allen testified she told Holmes she struggled with her own issues, and asked if he was OK. Holmes responded simply “yep.” It was the last time she heard from him.

Holmes’ lawyer later noted it was unclear which part of Allen’s text Holmes was responding to.

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