Attorney: Aurora Victim's Miscarriage Won't Result In More Homicide Charges


The miscarriage of one critically injured Aurora shooting victim will not result in additional homicide charges for the suspect, a former prosecutor said Sunday.

Ashley Moser, who was shot in the throat and abdomen after a gunman opened fire inside the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises," suffered a miscarriage shortly after the July 20 massacre. Her daughter, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, was the youngest of the 12 killed. She was just 6 years old.

The family of Ashley Moser said in a statement Saturday that she is recovering from surgery but that the trauma caused the miscarriage.

According to defense attorney Karen Steinhauser, currently an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, Moser's miscarriage won't result in a new homicide charge for suspect James Holmes.

Homicide charges only apply to those "who have been born and alive," Steinhauser said.

According to one member of Moser's family, she still hasn't been told about Veronica's death. The family says funeral plans for the girl remain pending.

Here is a statement from the family:

Ashley Moser is recovering from an additional surgery she had this morning. Tragically, the extreme trauma she sustained also caused a miscarriage.

We want to send a special thank you to the courageous HEROES of law enforcement, other first responders, paramedics, and doctors and nurses who have all gone beyond the call-of-duty in caring for our daughter, granddaughter and all of the other victims of this tragic event.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to all of those who have been sending well-wishes, prayers and good thoughts to Ashley. Her lifetime of care will be a long road. For those who wish to donate, please go to any Wells Fargo Bank and request the "Donation Account for Ashley and Veronica Moser". This is the only official donation account for the family.

Funeral arrangements for Veronica are still pending.

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