Ashley Moser gives emotional testimony, theater shooting prosecution rests

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The prosecution in the Aurora Theater shooting trial rests its case, after the emotional testimony of Ashley Moser, who was paralyzed and whose 6-year-old daughter was killed the night of the attack.

The 6-year-old, Veronica Moser, was one of the 12 dead and 70 others injured in the attack on July 20, 2012.

The prosecution concluded its case on day 35 of the trial by calling Ashley Moser to the witness stand.

From a wheelchair on Friday, Moser’s emotional testimony brought her to tears, as well as the many observers.

The morning of the attack, Moser learned she was pregnant and told the jury she had miscarried the baby.

Ashley Moser sobbed saying that she had her daughter on her lap during the previews, but later sat her in the chair next to her.

When the shooting started, Moser said she reached for her daughter's hand but her fingers slipped away.

Moser told DA Brauchler that after she was hit by a bullet in her chest then she fell on top of her daughter.  At that moment, she could not feel her daughter breathing.

The mother also said she tried to get off of her only child's body, but she couldn't move.

DA Brauchler then asked, "Did you walk into the theater that night?" Ashley Moser said, "Yes."

She is now paralyzed with limited mobility in her arms, but she is not expect to walk again.

Without a defense objection, the prosecution showed several graphic pictures to the jury of Ashley Moser’s wounds from the night of the attack.

DA Brauchler asked Moser if the injuries she sustained there and her lack of control for bodily functions were permanent. "Yes," Moser replied.

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Two days after the attack, Ashley Moser said she found out what happened to her 6-year-old daughter, Veronica.

“I was told that she didn’t make it, she had passed away,” she said fighting back the tears.

Moser also said she thought the movie was going to be more family oriented; she didn’t realize it was going to be so dark.

Ashley Moser's full testimony is in the video at the bottom of this story.

Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour  denied the defense’s motion of acquittal they made outside of the presence of the jury at the end of the day on Friday.

The court will be on a break for five days.  Proceedings are set to resume on Thursday, starting the defense's presentation of their case.

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