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Latest on Boston trial: Ex-in-law testifies from Kazakhstan

The latest on Boston Marathon trial: Ex-brother-in-law testifies from US Embassy in Kazakhstan

Latest on Boston trial: Ex-in-law testifies from Kazakhstan

10:35 a.m.

The former brother-in-law of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) is testifying for the defense from a U.S. embassy in Kazakhstan.

Elmirza Khozhugov is the former husband of Dzhokhar's sister Ailina Tsarnaeva. He testified live Wednesday from the embassy in Almaty.

Khozhugov says the oldest Tsarnaev sibling, Tamerlan, had a very close relationship with Dzhokhar. He says Tamerlan sometimes struggled to find the words to express how much he loved Dzhokhar and how he would do anything to make him successful.

In turn, Khozhugov says, Dzkokhar adored Tamerlan and went along with him on outings.

The defense has tried to portray Tamerlan as the mastermind of the 2013 bombings.

Tamerlan died days after the bombing. Jurors will soon to decide whether Dzhokhar will be sentenced to death.

Updated : 2021-09-21 00:59 GMT+08:00