FOX 25: Defense wants boat Tsarnaev hid in to be shown in entirety to jury

Posted: Mar 02, 2015 4:07 PM EST
Updated: Mar 02, 2015 4:07 PM EST


BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — The Watertown boat, the place accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his last stand days after the terror attack which killed three people, is shaping up to be a key piece of evidence at his widely watched trial.

Prosecutors want panels of the boat to be brought to court to show jurors what they say is his written confession. The defense wants the entire boat entered into evidence.

They want jurors to see for themselves the bullet ridden blood splattered boat where Tsarnaev was caught.

In an 11th hour hearing at federal court, the government argued a few photos and a few wood panels on which Tsarnaev scrawled a message as police closed in should be enough.

Boston defense attorney Brad Bailey said he thinks the defense is trying to earn sympathy for Tsarnaev.

“They want the jury to see what he was subjected to on the other end of this thing. At the apprehension end. They want to suggest the government went too far, was excessive,” Bailey said. “Really could have killed him. Did injure him.”

Also brought up in court Monday was the issue of autopsy photos of the three bombing victims.

The defense said the pictures are too gruesome and too graphic to show, but the government says the pictures are needed to show what this case is all about.

“They have to prove that they were killed by the explosive devices, bombings in a public place by the high probability of death,” Bailey said. “Those are all going right to the heart of those 17 death penalty counts, which are going to determine the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.”


BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — The Watertown boat, the place accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his last stand days after the terror attack which killed three people, is shaping up to be a key piece of evidence at his widely watched trial.

Prosecutors want panels of the boat to be brought to court to show jurors what they say is his written confession. The defense wants the entire boat entered into evidence.

They want jurors to see for themselves the bullet ridden blood splattered boat where Tsarnaev was caught.

In an 11th hour hearing at federal court, the government argued a few photos and a few wood panels on which Tsarnaev scrawled a message as police closed in should be enough.

Boston defense attorney Brad Bailey said he thinks the defense is trying to earn sympathy for Tsarnaev.

“They want the jury to see what he was subjected to on the other end of this thing. At the apprehension end. They want to suggest the government went too far, was excessive,” Bailey said. “Really could have killed him. Did injure him.”

Also brought up in court Monday was the issue of autopsy photos of the three bombing victims.

The defense said the pictures are too gruesome and too graphic to show, but the government says the pictures are needed to show what this case is all about.

“They have to prove that they were killed by the explosive devices, bombings in a public place by the high probability of death,” Bailey said. “Those are all going right to the heart of those 17 death penalty counts, which are going to determine the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.”

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