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Mar 9, 2015

‘You’re on fire’: witness recalls aftermath of Boston blast

BOSTON (Reuters) – Moments after being blasted into the air “like a rocket” in the Boston Marathon bombing, nurse Jessica Kensky saw that her husband’s leg had been blown off and leaped into action, struggling to put a tourniquet on him, she testified on Monday.

Running on adrenaline, she did not realize the blast from one of the two homemade pressure-cooker bombs had set her back on fire, Kensky told jurors in the third day of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s federal trial in Boston.

Mar 6, 2015

Accused Boston bomber’s lawyers gamble with guilt admission -experts

BOSTON (Reuters) – When they admitted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s
role in the Boston Marathon bombing, his lawyers acknowledged
that he will almost certainly spend the rest of his life behind
bars. But the admission may help spare him a death sentence,
legal experts said.

Tsarnaev’s defense team opened his trial this week by
bluntly admitting that the 21-year-old defendant and his older
brother planted the twin bombs that killed three people and
injured 264 on April 15, 2013, and three days later fatally shot
a police officer as they tried to flee the city.

Mar 5, 2015

Witnesses describe Boston bombing fatal victims’ final moments

BOSTON (Reuters) – Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial heard poignant eyewitness testimony on Thursday about the final moments of the three people killed in the attacks, when twin bombs ripped through crowds at the race’s finish line in 2013.

A father of three recalled watching people trying in vain to revive 8-year-old Martin Richard, one Boston police officer remembered administering CPR to 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and a second officer said she left the body of 23-year-old Lingzi Lu only when ordered to by her captain, amid fears there could be a third bomb.

Mar 5, 2015

Boston bombing trial to move into first full day of testimony

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing trial was set to move into its first full day of testimony on Thursday, with the jury expected to hear from more people who survived the attack that killed three people and injured 264.

An attorney for defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began proceedings in federal court on Wednesday with a blunt admission that her 21-year-old client had been behind the April 15, 2013, attack, as well as the fatal shooting of a police officer three days later.

Mar 5, 2015

‘It was him’ Boston bomber’s lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother

BOSTON (Reuters) – A lawyer for the accused Boston Marathon bomber said at the start of his trial that their client bore responsibility for the attacks that killed three people and injured 264 with a blunt admission: “It was him.”

But Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a secondary player in the April 15, 2013 bombings at the famous race and the fatal shooting days later of a police officer, defense attorney Judith Clarke said in her opening argument in U.S. District Court in Boston. She indicated that the 21-year-old’s older brother, Tamerlan, was the prime mover.

Mar 4, 2015

Blasts, smoke and blood: Scenes of horror recalled at Boston trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – Clouds of smoke, improvised tourniquets and screams of pain were evoked in the first day of the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday as people who survived the deadly attack recalled one of the darkest days in the New England city’s memory.

One survivor testified about being hurled through the air by the blasts that killed three people and injured 264 on April 15, 2013. A store manager recalled tying an improvised tourniquet on a wounded woman. And the mother of a 5-year-old boy recalled seeing bones sticking out of her arm.

Mar 4, 2015

Boston set to remember bloody week as bombing trial opens

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston will relive some of its worst memories on Wednesday when federal prosecutors begin laying out their case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs that ripped through the crowd at the race’s finish line on April 15, 2013. He could be sentenced to death if convicted of charges that also include fatally shooting a police officer.

Mar 3, 2015

Final stage of jury selection set for Boston bombing trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – The long-running process of choosing a jury to hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to wrap up on Tuesday with the judge and lawyers for both sides selecting the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates.

That jury will determine if Tsarnaev, 21, is guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race’s crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a police officer three days later.

Mar 2, 2015

Accused Boston bomber’s lawyers seek to discuss brother early in trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing
suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and federal prosecutors sparred on
Monday over how much evidence related to his motive and his
brother’s role in the attack can be presented in the opening
weeks of his trial.

Tsarnaev, 21, faces the possibility of a death sentence if
convicted of killing three people and injuring 264 in the April
15, 2013, attack, and fatally shooting a police officer three
days later.

Mar 2, 2015

Accused Boston Marathon bomber due in court as trial nears

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court on Monday for a hearing in which defense lawyers and federal prosecutors will tussle over a few remaining logistical matters before opening statements later this week.

A final flurry of motions was filed under seal on Friday, offering little clarity on what lawyers will debate Monday.

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