The Latest: Mom of 6-year-old Colorado victim testifies

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Posted: Aug 05, 2015 5:34 PM
The Latest: Mom of 6-year-old Colorado victim testifies

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

3:34 p.m.

An emotional day of testimony from relatives of the 12 people killed in the Colorado theater shooting has wrapped up, with the mother of the youngest victim saying she doesn't know who she is anymore.

Ashley Moser was at the movie with her daughter, 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, and was paralyzed and lost her unborn baby in the July 2012 attack.

Speaking in a wheelchair, she testified Wednesday that being a mother is all she knew how to be in her adult life. She was 18 when she had Veronica.

James Holmes' defense noted seeing seven jurors crying during Moser's testimony.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. says he only saw two jurors crying and wasn't concerned that they have been overwhelmed by emotion.

Jurors are nearing final deliberations about James Holmes' sentence.

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3:02 p.m.

The judge in the Colorado theater shooting trial says he'll repeat his warning to jurors at the end of the day to stay away from news reports about similar events but won't specifically mention Wednesday's theater shooting in Tennessee.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. added the warning to his daily instructions to jurors last month after a gunman killed two people in a movie theater in Louisiana. However, he didn't specifically mention details of the case to avoid bringing their attention to it.

In Tennessee, the suspect died after a shootout with a SWAT team Wednesday. No one else was shot.

Colorado jurors are hearing testimony from relatives of the 12 people killed by James Holmes and moving closer to final deliberations on a sentence of death or life in prison.

The defense has been concerned that some jurors may want to punish him for possibly inspiring the other attacks.

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12:18 p.m.

The mother of a 24-year-old man killed in the Colorado theater shooting says she misses everything about her son and is petrified she will someday forget the sound of his laughter.

Caren Teves says son Alex Teves — who recently had gotten a masters' degree in counseling and psychology — was fierce but kind and caring and connected with the special-needs children he worked with.

Teves and her husband, Tom, where vacationing in Hawaii when they got a call in the middle of the night about the shooting. They had planned to retire there, but she says she can't go back now.

Her testimony came as relatives of the 12 killed in the 2012 attack took the stand in the final round of the sentencing hearing for gunman James Holmes.

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11:02 a.m.

The mother of a 27-year-old man who died protecting his girlfriend in the Colorado theater shooting says she vowed to help take care of the woman her son planned to marry.

Jerri Jackson testified Wednesday that her son Matt McQuinn's girlfriend was so devastated that she couldn't go out in public for three months. Samantha Yowler also was wounded in the 2012 attack.

Jackson says she has been diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression and takes four kinds of medication to help her sleep and prevent nightmares. She went back to work as a claims analyst at a trucking company but left after two weeks, unable to handle the stress.

Her testimony came as relatives of the 12 killed took the stand in the final round of the sentencing hearing for gunman James Holmes.

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10:37 a.m.

The oldest person killed in the Colorado theater shooting went to the midnight Batman premiere with two of his daughters after teasing them that he had gotten tickets to the Disney movie "Brave" instead.

Cierra Cowden remembered her father, 51-year-old Gordon Cowden as a charming and patient man who watched over his children. Once, fully clothed, he jumped into a pool to save one of his daughters who had been pretending to drown as part of a game.

Cierra Cowden, a 19-year-old University of Colorado student, testified Wednesday that her sister felt so bad that he jumped back in and swam around to make her feel better.

Her testimony came as families of the 12 killed in the 2012 attack took the stand in the final round of the sentencing hearing for gunman James Holmes.