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Apr 6, 2015

Accused Boston bomber ‘wanted to punish America’ – prosecutor

BOSTON (Reuters) – Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “wanted to punish America” when he killed three people and injured 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the 2013 race, a federal prosecutor said on Monday.

In closing arguments before a jury decides whether Tsarnaev, 21, is guilty of the April 25 bombing and of fatally shooting a police officer three days later, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty described the attack as deliberate and extremist.

Apr 6, 2015

Boston bombing jury to hear closing arguments, begin guilt deliberations

BOSTON (Reuters) – Attorneys for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal prosecutors who say he killed four people are due to make their closing statements on Monday before a jury begins deliberations on whether he is guilty of the attack in 2013.

But a month after defense lawyers bluntly admitted the 21-year-old’s role in the bombing and the four chaotic days that followed it, each side’s focus will be less on guilt than on the question of whether Tsarnaev will die for his crimes.

Mar 31, 2015

Accused Boston bomber’s brother researched fireworks, guns: expert

BOSTON (Reuters) – Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, researched radio transmitters, fireworks and gun stores in the weeks leading up to the 2013 attack that killed three people, a computer expert testified on Tuesday.

A laptop owned by the younger Tsarnaev, who could be sentenced to death if he is convicted of carrying out the attack, showed no such searches over that time period, with its user mostly surfing social-media sites including Facebook.

Mar 31, 2015

Boston bombing jury hears of grisly deaths, defense calls first witness

BOSTON (Reuters) – The two youngest people killed by the Boston Marathon bombing were torn apart by one of the blasts that ripped through the crowd at the finish line, medical examiners testified on Monday as prosecutors wound up their case against accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and defense attorneys began calling witnesses.

Tsarnaev faces death or life in prison if convicted. It is not clear if Tsarnaev will testify in his own defense.

Mar 30, 2015

Boston bombing jury sees gory photos of blast victims

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial heard graphic testimony and saw autopsy photos of the second of the three people killed in the April 15, 2013 attack.

Shrapnel from one of the homemade pressure cooker bombs set off by a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers punched through Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu’s legs, causing the 23-year old to bleed to death within minutes, Boston medical examiner Katherine Lindstrom testified on Monday.

Mar 28, 2015

Boston police officer shot during traffic stop expected to recover

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Boston police officer who was shot in the face by a man during a traffic stop in an incident that set off a twilight gunfight in the city is expected to recover, Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters on Saturday.

The officer, six-year department veteran John Moynihan, was shot just below the eye on Friday night by a 41-year-old man identified as Angelo West. Fellow officers returned fire and West, who had a criminal record including prior gun charges, died of wounds at the scene.

Mar 28, 2015

Defense moves into spotlight in Boston Marathon bombing trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts sharply in tone next week when prosecutors rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and turn proceedings over to his lawyers, who have already admitted he planted explosives at the finish line in April 2013.

One of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, death penalty specialist Judy Clarke, opened the trial on March 4 with a blunt statement to the jury that “it was him” who killed three people and injured 264 in the attack.

Mar 26, 2015

Boston bombing jury hears details of explosives used in attack

BOSTON (Reuters) – The bombs that tore through the crowd at the Boston Marathon in a deadly 2013 attack were powered by flash powder used in fireworks, an FBI chemist said on Thursday as prosecutors move toward the end of their case.

Federal Bureau of Investigation chemistry specialist David McCollam testified in the 14th day of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial on charges of killing three people and injuring 264 people with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race’s finish line on April 15, 2013.

Mar 25, 2015

Boston bombing jury sees fuse, debris from suspect’s apartment

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing jury on Wednesday saw evidence, including a fuse and a piece from a pressure-cooker lid, seized at the apartment where accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his other brother lived.

An FBI special agent described sorting through a debris-filled room that was “like a construction site” during a search of the Tsarnaevs’ cramped three-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just outside Boston, four days after the deadly 2013 bombing.

Mar 24, 2015

Friend of accused Boston bombers pleads guilty to lying to investigators

BOSTON (Reuters) – A citizen of Kyrgyzstan who was friends with the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of lying to investigators probing the deadly 2013 attack.

The man, cabdriver Khairullozhon Matanov, approached police four days after the bombing that killed three people and injured 264 to say that he knew accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, but played down how well he knew the pair.

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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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