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First Witness In James Holmes Trial Recounts Traumatic Experience

Katie Medley, the first witness to testify against James Holmes 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 still breathing.

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

She told her friend, Ashley Kurz, that she had to make a dramatic decision – stay with her husband or leave, and ultimately decided to leave to ensure their unborn baby, which could be the last piece of him, would survive. She said she took his hand and squeezed it and told him, “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 puddle of blood. A police officer caught her fall, ABC News reported.

The trial of James Holmes resumed Tuesday 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 massacre.

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 laid in critical condition in a medically induced coma.

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

About 420 people were watching a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in the Denver suburb of Aurora when Holmes tossed gas canisters into the audience and unleashed a flurry of bullets. Holmes surrendered to the police outside the theater. He is charged with 24 counts of murder and 140 counts of attempted murder.

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