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Mar 16, 2015

Police recall chaotic gunfight with accused Boston bombers

BOSTON (Reuters) – Two police officers on Monday recalled a night of chaos as they battled with the accused Boston Marathon bombers in Watertown, Massachusetts, four days after the attack that killed three people and injured 264.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is on trial for his role in the attack, and his older brother Tamerlan, fired a gun at three police officers and hurled bombs at them, including one that was similar to the devices used in the April 15, 2013 attack, police officers testified on Monday.

Mar 16, 2015

Boston bombing jury visits boat where suspect had hidden

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial began their day Monday by visiting the boat where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had hidden from authorities at the end of a massive manhunt four days after the deadly attack.

The boat, held at an undisclosed location and viewed by two pool reporters from the Associated Press and WBUR radio, bore at least 110 bullet holes on all sides from the immense volley of gunfire that had surrounded Tsarnaev’s arrest.

Mar 15, 2015

Tsarnaev testimony key question at Boston Marathon bombing trial

BOSTON (Reuters) – A question looms over the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as federal prosecutors enter the final stages of their case against him: Will he testify in his own defense?

Tsarnaev’s lawyers opened the trial this month with a blunt admission, saying he helped his older brother carry out the twin bombings that killed three people and injured 264 near the renowned race’s finish line on April 15, 2013.

Mar 12, 2015

Man tells jury of carjacking by accused Boston Marathon bomber

BOSTON (Reuters) – A man carjacked by the accused Boston Marathon bombers shortly after prosecutors say they shot and killed a policeman on Thursday recalled the moment that one of the brothers jumped into his Mercedes and told him he was one of the bombers.

Dun Meng testified that he had gone for a drive to relax after a long day at work on April 18, 2013, and had pulled over to check his phone when Tamerlan Tsarnaev tapped on his window, stepped into his car and pulled a gun.

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.

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