Associated Press
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.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — 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.