Nearly two years after twin blasts rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring scores more, alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared before a jury Wednesday as the lead prosecutor accused him of believing he was "a soldier in a holy war against Americans" and a defense lawyer acknowledged that Tsarnaev's actions were "inexcusable."
In opening statements, Assistant U.S. Attorney William Weinreb painted a detailed picture of the moments before the attack, with thousands gathered along the race sidelines as a Boston Red Sox game let out. Weinreb also outlined a portrait of Tsarnaev as duplicitous, someone who kept his violent tendencies secret from his closest friends. He joined the spectators that day, but "he wasn't there to watch the marathon. He had a backpack over his shoulder and inside that backpack he had a bomb," Weinreb said.
That bomb, made of a pressure cooker, as "the type of bomb preferred by terrorists," Weinreb said.
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Tsarnaev, wearing a striped shirt and dark blue sports jacket, sat motionless and stared forward as Weinreb walked jurors through the prosecution's account. The jurors remained riveted on the prosecutor.
Weinreb charged that Tsarnaev walked in front of the Forum restaurant, and set the backpack "right behind a row of children." One of those children, 8-year-old Martin Richard, would die from the blast after Tsarnaev allegedly used a remote control to detonate the bomb.