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Apr 27, 2015

Defense to begin arguments to spare Boston bomber’s life

BOSTON (Reuters) – The trial of the convicted Boston Marathon bomber enters a new and critical stage on Monday as defense lawyers begin to present their case that a jury should sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to life in prison, rather than death.

Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, early this month was found guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, as well as fatally shooting a police officer.

Apr 23, 2015

Boston bombing jury sees photos of victims who lost legs

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury that will decide whether convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is sentenced to death viewed photos on Thursday of 18 people who lost limbs in the deadly 2013 attack and heard from two amputees.

One of them, 36-year-old Marc Fucarile recalled being knocked to the ground by the second of two explosions and hearing someone yell that he was on fire.

Apr 23, 2015

‘He’s still on fire,’ Boston bombing victim recalls hearing

BOSTON (Reuters) – One of the 17 people who lost legs in the Boston Marathon bombing on Thursday recalled being knocked to the ground by the second explosion and hearing someone yell that he was on fire.

Marc Fucarile, 36, testifying in the sentencing phase of convicted bomber Dzhokahar Tsarnaev’s trial, said he had been standing in front of a restaurant near the 2013 race’s finish line, saw an explosion to his left and worried that a second would follow.

Apr 21, 2015

Boston bombing victims recall day of pain, chaos, grief

BOSTON (Reuters) – Celeste Corcoran was hurled into the air by a bomb at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago. Gillian Reny saw blood gushing from her legs and wondered if she would survive. William Campbell waited hours for his daughter to emerge from surgery only to learn she had been killed by the blasts.

Prosecutors on Tuesday began their case to sentence convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death with an emotional gut-punch to the jury as survivors described the toll of the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264.

Apr 21, 2015

Boston bomber’s attack ‘essence of terror’ – prosecutor

BOSTON (Reuters) – Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev aimed to terrorize people with his deadly 2013 attack, a U.S. prosecutor said on Tuesday as the government began making its case that he should be sentenced to death for the bombing and its aftermath.

Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, was found guilty on April 8 of killing three people and injuring 264 at the marathon finish line and fatally shooting a police officer as he and his older brother, Tamerlan, prepared to flee three days later.

Apr 21, 2015

Boston bomber’s attack ‘inexcusable,’ ‘senseless’: prosecutor

BOSTON (Reuters) – Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attack in 2013 was “inexcusable” and “senseless,” a U.S. prosecutor said on Tuesday as the government began making its case that he should be sentenced to death for the bombing and its aftermath.

Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, was found guilty on April 8 of killing three people and injuring 264 at the marathon finish line and fatally shooting a police officer as he and his older brother, Tamerlan, prepared to flee three days later.

Apr 21, 2015

African marathoners top at Boston two years after bombing

BOSTON (Reuters) – Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon on Monday, reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack.

Caroline Rotich of Kenya led the women’s field, affirming African athletes’ dominance at the race.

Apr 20, 2015

Ethiopia’s Desisa, Kenya’s Rotich winners at Boston Marathon

BOSTON (Reuters) – Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa and Kenya’s Caroline Rotich were the top male and female finishers at Monday’s Boston Marathon, two years after the race was struck by a deadly bombing attack.

Desisa, who famously gave his winner’s medal to the city following the 2013 attack, pulled ahead of all rivals to sprint down Boylston Street alone, finishing with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 17 seconds.

Apr 20, 2015

High security for Boston Marathon as bombing trial pauses

BOSTON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of runners, including some of the world’s best, and hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to hit the streets of Boston on Monday for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon.

Security will be high along the 26.2 mile course, in recognition of the bombing of the 2013 race, which killed three people and injured 264 in the one of the most visible attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

Apr 19, 2015

Life or death? Boston bomber’s trial turns to sentencing

BOSTON (Reuters) – Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to return to court on Tuesday for the next phase of his trial, when prosecutors will argue that he should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly attack in 2013.

In sharp contrast to the guilt phase of the trial, when lawyers for the ethnic Chechen defendant did not contest that their client had killed three people and injured 264 in the bombing, the next four weeks are expected to feature emotional testimony from both sides as Tsarnaev fights for his life.

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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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