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Latest on Boston trial: Prosecutor asks if bombing is 'kind'

The latest on Boston Marathon trial: Prosecutor asks cousin if bombing is considered 'kind'

Latest on Boston trial: Prosecutor asks if bombing is 'kind'

10:45 a.m.

A prosecutor has asked a cousin of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) if she believes that bombing innocent people is an act of kindness.

The question by prosecutor William Weinreb came Monday during cross-examination of Raisat Suleimanova in Tsarnaev's death penalty trial. The cousin testified through a Russian translator.

Suleimanova had testified earlier to questions from the defense that Tsarnaev was a kind and warm child who brought out the kindness in others.

She also said Tsarnaev was so gentle that he cried while watching "The Lion King" with his aunt.

Tsarnaev's lawyer objected to Weinreb's question to the cousin, and she was not allowed to answer.

Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured when twin bombs exploded at the 2013 marathon.

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10:10 a.m.

A cousin of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) says she traveled from Russia to testify in his federal death penalty trial because she loves him very much.

Raisat Suleimanova is Tsarnaev's first cousin. She testified Monday that Tsarnaev was a kind and warm child.

She says, "I think that his kindness made everybody around him kind."

She says she "categorically" rejects what he did, but he is part of the family.

The 21-year-old Tsarnaev is accused along with his late brother of planting pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the 2013 marathon. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured.

He was convicted last month of all the charges against him. The same jury will soon decide whether he is to be executed.


Updated : 2021-09-21 19:12 GMT+08:00