Latest on Boston trial: Teacher says young Tsarnaev was good
The Associated Press
Apr. 29, 2015
The third-grade teacher of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) says he was hardworking, cared about his studies and "always wanted to do the right thing."
Catheryn Charner-Laird testified Wednesday on the third day of the defense case in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev's trial. The same jury that convicted him of all 30 charges against him will soon decide whether he should be sentenced to life in prison without parole or to death.
Charner-Laird says Tsarnaev was 9 in the fall of 2002 when he was one of her students at the Cambridgeport School. He had recently moved from Russia to the United States.
She says sometimes he didn't know what to do because of the language barrier. But he says he tried very hard.
A paramedic says Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was combative after being shot by police and run over by his brother during a chaotic getaway attempt, and he wouldn't let first responders treat him in the ambulance.
Paramedic Mark Sullivan testified Wednesday in the penalty phase of the trial of Tamerlan's younger brother, Dzhokhar (joh-HAHR'). A jury will soon decide whether to sentence Dzhokhar to life in prison or to death.
Sullivan says Tamerlan "would lift himself off the stretcher and yell and scream and try to resist us touching him."
Sullivan says Tamerlan had traumatic injuries, including head and abdominal wounds and road rash.
He says Tamerlan's reaction is a typical response to shock.
Tamerlan was pronounced dead at a hospital. This happened days after the 2013 bombing.
A cousin of late Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev told the FBI he became alarmed when Tamerlan told him he traveled to Russia to try to join jihadi fighters.
Magomed Kartashov was interviewed by the FBI in June 2013, two months after Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev bombed the marathon. Portions of an FBI agent's notes were read at Dzhokhar's trial as his lawyers tried to show Tamerlan was the mastermind behind the bombings.
Kartashov said Tamerlan told him he came to Russia to get involved in holy war. The cousin said he told Tamerlan not to do it.
Kartashov said when he heard about the bombing, he thought it could have been Tamerlan. He said he never shared his concerns because Tamerlan seemed "normal" when he returned to the U.S.
Jurors have been read portions of a government report detailing how U.S. authorities were warned two years before the Boston Marathon bombings that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was planning to travel to Russia to join groups engaged in jihad.
The report describes how the FBI received a letter from Russia in 2011 expressing concerns that Tamerlan had become radicalized and could return to Russia to join extremist groups. The letter asked the FBI to notify the Russian government if Tamerlan tried to travel to Russia.
The report says the FBI investigated Tamerlan but closed its review in June 2011 after finding no evidence of terrorist activity.
Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar, committed the bombings. Dzhokhar is on trial and could be sentenced to death. Tamerlan died days after the bombings.
The jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been shown two photographs of him as a child.
The photos were displayed Wednesday during the testimony of the son of the family's landlord in Cambridge.
Sam Lipson described Tsarnaev as a "very sweet" kid when he first met him more than a decade ago after the family arrived from Russia. In one photo, his older brother, Tamerlan, has his arm around Dzhokhar. In the other, Dzhokhar is with his mother and sisters. He is about 9.
During cross-examination, Lipson acknowledged he didn't have much contact with Dzhokhar as he got older.
The prosecutor then asked Lipson if he knew Dzhokhar was a drug dealer in college. Lipson said he did not.