New evidence continues to be presented with each passing day in the trial of ethnic Chechen Dzokhar Tsarnaev, as prosecution is trying to secure a death penalty sentence for his involvement in 2013’s detonation of three pressure cooker bombs during the Boston Marathon.
Jurors were shown remnants of Tsarnaev’s backpack, allegedly used to carry and detonate one of the three homemade bombs, in an attempt to portray him as an active participant in both planning and execution of the bombing. The Chechen’s defense is being constructed around admitting his role in the attack, whilst suggesting that the plan and idea for the attack were conceived by his brother, Tamerlan.
This included defense attorneys using his Twitter posts to show that Tsarnaev, who was only 19 at the time of the bombing, was actually a confused adolescent who was led to participate in the terrorist attack by his older Islamic-radicalized brother.
But another piece of evidence presented Tuseday might suggest that Dzokhar Tsarnaev had already become accustomed to fundamentalism before the bombings. FBI agents showed a piece of paper scribbled by Tsarnaev while he was hiding in a backyard boat in Boston’s Watertown, where he was later shot and apprehended by law enforcement officers.
The note, stained with blood and riddled with bullet holes, had the 19-year old proclaiming jealousy at his brother for the fact the he died as a martyr and so had reached heaven. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzokhar’s brother and accomplice during the bombings, was shot five times in a firefight and after that ran over by Dzokhar with the SUV they were using to escape.
Tsarnaev also wrote on the note that, although killing civilians isn’t to his liking, it is justified by the US army killing innocent muslims, and in what seems to have been fancied as a post-mortem address, warned the U.S. citizens that they cannot compete with Islamic fundamentalists.
However, the trial also devolved into a ridiculous moment of ignorance on part of the Feds, with one FBI agent using a second Twitter account belonging to the Chechen to try and prove his early radicalization. Unfortunately, the agent presented a mosque actually situated in Grozny, Chechnya as being from the Muslim holy city Mecca, admitting when questioned by the defense that he had not bothered to check a photo of the city previously.
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