More testimony today from investigators who searched the Tsarnaev apartment and Dzhokhar’s dorm room where they found materials that could have been used to build the pressure cooker bombs.
Another FBI agent described efforts to track the movements of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan using GPS devices, store receipts and surveillance video.
And yet another agent told how they searched a landfill to find the backpack full of fireworks and other items from Dzhokhar’s room that his friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, threw into a dumpster.
The government is saving the best for last, so tomorrow should be interesting.
Boston Globe story here.
With the government expected to rest on Thursday, the pace picked up at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. We heard from eight more witnesses, mostly FBI and State Police, on evidence gathering, ballistics and fingerprints.
Tomorrow the jury will be shown a mock-up of the pressure cooker bomb, and on Thursday they’ll see the autopsy photos. Expect a verdict next week.
What a change from the first week of trial when we could barely keep up with witnesses. Today we didn’t get complete testimony from even one witness, nor any new exhibits.
The FBI cyber squad agent who took the stand last week completed his testimony this morning and then we moved on to Dr Matthew Levitt, an expert on jihad who would provide context to the statement Tsarnaev penciled on the inside of the boat. It was expected that Dr. Levitt’s testimony would be completed today since he had a flight to catch this evening, but it looks like he’ll have to change his plans. He’s due back tomorrow.
After hearing from an FBI bomb tech who identified the remains of a pressure cooker bomb that was shown to the jury the government moved on to digital evidence on various electronic devices. Identifying incriminating files out of the reams of data on computer, thumb drive, iPhones and CD’s was slow going. The witness from the FBI’s cyber squad, Kevin Swinden, will be back Monday for the defense’s cross-examination.
Yesterday’s evidence at the Boston Marathon bombing trial concentrated on the Watertown bombs and the Mercedes SUV that Tamerlane and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev carjacked. All the witnesses were either State Crime Lab or FBI.
We had just four witnesses today, the owner of the boat where Tsarnaev was found hiding, a longtime friend and fellow pot-head who lent Dzhokhar a handgun
, and two FBI forensic experts. Some of the jurors wore green for St. Patrick’s Day (note the juror on the left with the shamrock t-shirt.
It was all very hush-hush as we sketch artists and two reporters were told to report to the Fish Pier at 7:30 this morning to witnesses the jurors’ examination of the bullet riddled boat in which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hid after the gun and bomb battle with police in Watertown. The boat had been moved to a large warehouse and chairs and a viewing platform, as well as a movable lift, were provided for the jurors. Tsarnaev, lawyers from both sides as well as court personnel were there as well. And it was frigid!
After we moved back to the regular courtroom the government called to the stand several police and a couple of Watertown residents.
When Dun Meng pulled over his vehicle to answer a text message Tamerlan Tsarnaev pointed a gun at him and got into the SUV. That was only the beginning of a ninety-minute carjacking that ended when he managed to escape into a gas station convenience store.
After more evidence testimony by a couple of FBI witnesses this morning the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev moved on to the murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier.
The last witness of the day, MIT grad student Nate Harman, pointed out Tsarnaev in the courtroom. He testified that he saw Tsarnaev leaning into officer Collier’s squad car as he rode by on his bicycle.
The horrific and wrenching testimony of the first three days of trial from victims and others on the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings gave way to technical details of evidence gathering. Seems every witness was with the FBI. The most dramatic moment was when bomb squad officer Todd Brown identified Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the courtroom by pointing at him.
Court adjourned early so that the judge could go take a look at the boat in which Tsarnaev hid and was captured. The government wants to cut out the sections on which Tsarnaev wrote his “confession”, while the defense wants the jury to see the entire bullet riddled boat.