Theater shooting victim testifies she feared she and her husband wouldn't survive attack

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FILE - In this image taken from Colorado Judicial Department video, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, left rear in light-colored shirt, watches during testimony by witness Derick Spruel, upper right, on the second day of his trial in Centennial, Colo., Monday, April 27, 2015. Standing at left is prosecutor Lisa Teesch-Maguire. Defense attorneys have urged jurors not to let emotions sway them, but with weeks of harrowing testimony still to come, experts say James Holmes’ lawyers will have a difficult time convincing jurors to put sympathy behind them as they decide whether he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in July 2012. (Colorado Judicial Department via AP, Pool, File)


FILE - This Jan. 15, 2015, file photo shows the jury box, right, inside Courtroom 201, where the trial of Aurora movie theater shooting defendant James Holmes is currently taking place at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Defense attorneys have urged jurors not to let emotions sway them, but with weeks of harrowing testimony still to come, experts say James Holmes’ lawyers will have a difficult time convincing jurors to put sympathy behind them as they decide whether he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in July 2012. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool, File)


CENTENNIAL, Colorado — A newlywed woman who was wounded in the Colorado theater massacre says that when the shooting began, she told her husband she loved him because she feared they wouldn't survive.

Denise Axelrod testified Tuesday in James Holmes' trial on charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack.

Axelrod says she and her husband, Brandon, had just returned from their honeymoon when they went to the suburban Denver theater for a Batman movie.

Her testimony was halting and emotional and prompted nine rapid-fire objections from defense attorneys.

Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorneys have acknowledged he was the shooter but say he has schizophrenia and didn't know right from wrong.

Prosecutors maintain Holmes was sane. They're seeking the death penalty.

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