Elizabeth Holmes trial live updates: Former US defense secretary James Mattis testifies in fraud trial

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Here's the latest updates from ABC7 News on the fraud trial for Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes faces criminal allegations depicting her as the devious mastermind of a fraud that duped wealthy investors, former U.S. government officials, and patients whose lives were endangered by a blood-testing technology that never came close to fulfilling her bold promises.Holmes is charged with 12 counts of fraud and wire fraud in connection with her Silicon Valley company, which developed a promising blood analysis device that required only a finger-prick-sized sample instead of one or more vials to be drawn.Get the latest updates from ABC7 News reporter David Louie , who is closely following the trial, below:Former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified Wednesday in the trial of fallen tech star Elizabeth Holmes, saying the entrepreneur misled him into believing she was on the verge of rolling out a blood-testing breakthrough that he hoped would help save lives of troops in battle.Mattis' appearance came during the sixth day of a high-profile trial in San Jose, California. The U.S. government alleges that Holmes duped sophisticated investors, patients and customers into believing that her startup, Theranos, had developed a technology that could scan for an array of potential health problems with just a few drops of blood. Existing tests generally each require a vial of blood.During more than three hours of maskless testimony delivered behind plexiglass, Mattis recalled how impressed he was with Holmes when he first met her in 2011 while still serving a four-star general in the Marine Corps, where he oversaw U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.A few months after retiring from the military in 2013, Mattis joined the Theranos board and also invested some of his own savings in the startup. In 2017, Mattis joined the cabinet of President Donald Trump.Elizabeth Holmes is back in court this morning for day five of her fraud trial. Holmes arrived…
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