Boston bomb victim ‘locked eyes’ with Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could get death penalty if convicted of helping to carry out attack

 A police dog sniffs near news cameras outside  the entrance to the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse during the trial of  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in relation to the 2013 Boston marathon bombings.  Photograph: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A police dog sniffs near news cameras outside the entrance to the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse during the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in relation to the 2013 Boston marathon bombings. Photograph: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

 

A man who became one of the lasting images of the Boston Marathon bombing when he was wheeled away, ashen-faced, his legs severely injured, has told a court he locked eyes with the bomber’s older brother before the explosives went off.

“He was alone. He wasn’t watching the race,” said Jeff Bauman, who walked slowly into the Boston court on two prosthetic legs. “I looked at him, and he just kind of looked down at me. I just thought it was odd.”

Mr Bauman later described Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the FBI from his hospital bed. Tsarnaev (26), died in a gun battle with police days after the bombing.

Mr Bauman gave evidence at the trial of Tsarnaev’s younger brother, Dzhokhar, who could get the death penalty if convicted of charges he helped carry out the 2013 bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Lawyers complain

Before Thursday’s evidence began, Tsarnaev’s lawyers complained to the judge that the survivors’ evidence from the previous day was too gruesome and should be limited.

Defence lawyer David Bruck objected specifically to the evidence of three women who described their injuries in detail and what they saw in the aftermath of the attack.

Mr Bruck said that under the federal death penalty law, victim impact testimony is supposed to be presented during the second phase of the trial, when the jury decides on the punishment.

Prosecutors denied any of the survivors gave victim impact testimony and said they merely described what they saw.

US District Judge George O’Toole jnr agreed with prosecutors and refused to limit survivors’ evidence.

Blunt admission

The trial opened on Wednesday, with Tsarnaev lawyer Judy Clarke bluntly admitting to the jury that her client took part in the attack. In a bid to save Tsarnaev’s life, she argued he was influenced by his older brother.

The first witness to give evidence on Thursday was a policeman who was the first officer to reach 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, one of those killed.

Officer Frank Chiola said he ran across the street to help the victims as soon as he heard the explosions.

As he reached Ms Campbell and began doing chest compressions, he said, smoke came out of her mouth. He said she appeared to be in a lot of pain.

Press Association