CENTENNIAL, Colo. – For scores of Colorado theater shooting survivors, testifying in court has been a mix of catharsis and terror.
Prosecutors have called more than 144 witnesses in the first month of the death penalty trial of James Holmes, 51 of whom experienced the July 2012 attack.
Victims' advocates and prosecutors are trying to prepare them to stay composed on the stand, but that has been a difficult challenge.
Christina Blache, who survived being shot through both legs, says she was concerned about seeing Holmes for the first time. But when she tried to look him in the eye, he did not return her gaze.
Ryan Lumba chose to testify on the same day as his friend, Louis Duran, who went to the movie together. They tried to support each other as they both relived the night on the stand.