The Latest: Theater trial adjourns after emotional 911 call

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Posted: Apr 28, 2015 7:24 PM
The Latest: Theater trial adjourns after emotional 911 call

5:05 p.m. MDT

The Colorado theater shooting trial recessed for the day, ending with another emotional 911 call from inside the theater.

Kaylan Marie Bailey, who is now 16 but was 13 at the time of the shooting, called seeking help for her cousin's girlfriend, Ashley Moser, and her daughter, 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, the youngest person killed in the attack.

Bailey said a dispatcher tried to talk her through performing CPR but Moser, who ended up being paralyzed and losing her unborn baby, was draped over her daughter and Bailey said she couldn't get to her chest.

Both she and the dispatcher had trouble hearing each other as sirens or alarms sounded in the background, and police arrived while they were on the phone.

Bailey testified that just a few hours before the shooting, she had baby sat for Veronica, giving her golden sandals that she wore to the movie, and they played together with one of her friends in the theater's arcade after arriving early for the midnight showing.

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4:10 p.m. MDT

One of the police officers who responded to the Colorado theater shooting recounted how he tried to save the youngest victim, Veronica Moser-Sullivan.

Officer Michael Hawkins said that after seeing the 6-year-old had been wounded, he picked her up and ran out of the theater. He said he noticed everyone around him looking at him.

"They all let out a scream and moved out of my way," Hawkins said.

As he carried her out, he said he realized the girl was bleeding heavily and then realized she was probably already gone. After taking her to an ambulance, Hawkins joined many other Aurora police officers in taking victims to the hospital in their police cars.

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3:10 p.m. MDT

A woman who was shot twice during the Colorado theater attack says she urged her husband and son to flee without her, but her husband refused and ended up carrying her out on his back.

Rita Paulina testified Tuesday about her family's attempt to escape the suburban Denver theater when shots rang out.

Speaking through an Indonesian interpreter, Paulina said the three were running when she saw a man "holding something long," so they changed direction.

Then she noticed something was wrong with her.

Paulina told her husband, Anggiat Mora, that her arm felt strange, "like a zombie." He told her to keep running.

But Paulina then fell, and she realized she had been shot in the foot as well as the arm.

She told her husband and then-14-year-old son, Prodeo et Patria, to leave her behind. But Mora refused, saying they'd promised each other they would go back to Indonesia the following year.

He struggled but managed to carry her out on his back.

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1:45 p.m. MDT

The Colorado theater shooting trial has resumed with testimony from 17-year-old Prodeo Et Patria, who went to the see "The Dark Knight Rises" with his parents.

Patria says he was wounded in the back, and his mother was wounded in the arm and leg. They were taken to the same hospital.

Prosecutors displayed a photograph of Patria's injury, but the defense objected when the image lingered on the screen behind the witness stand.

James Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2012 attack. His death penalty trial is in its second day.

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Noon MDT

The Colorado theater shooting trial has recessed for lunch following testimony by three people who lost a friend, Jesse Childress, in the 2012 attack.

Childress worked in communications at Buckley Air Force Base. He was excited to see the "Batman" premiere and bought tickets for himself and some friends, including his boss, Derick Spruel, and Spruel's wife, Chichi.

When the Spruels saw flashes and tear gas in the theater, they at first thought it was a prank and tried to keep watching the movie.

Soon, they were both on the floor praying.

In a 911 call played in court, Chichi Spruel pleads with a dispatcher to send help. She's still on the phone when police arrive.

"Oh my God," Chichi Spruel says. "There are people dead everywhere."

District Attorney George Brauchler listened to the recording with his head bowed, partially covered by his hands.

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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.