Boston bomber Tsarnaev weeps as aunt in court
Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30
The Boston Marathon bomber never shed a tear throughout the course of his trial.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was impassive as survivors described the horror of his bombs and unmoved when a jury found him guilty on all charges.
But he wept in court on Monday as his aunts took the witness stand to try to save him from the death penalty.
Tsarnaev’s lawyers called several of his relatives from Russia, who described him as a sensitive child who cried during the ‘Lion King’.
One aunt, Patimat Suleimanova, was so overcome with emotion at seeing her nephew in the defendant’s seat that she broke down and was unable to give evidence.
As she was led sobbing from the box, Tsarnaev himself began to well up and dabbed at his eyes with a tissue. He blew a kiss to another aunt.
It was the first visible display of emotion from the bomber, who has spent much of the trial slouched in a chair and looking uninterested in the proceedings that may end in his death.
The trial has reached the penalty phase, where jurors will hear evidence from both sides before deciding whether Tsarnaev should die by lethal injection.
All 12 jurors must vote together to impose the death penalty, meaning that any one juror can spare Tsarnaev from execution.
His defence team has sought to humanise him and show him as a naive teenager who followed his older brother, Tamerlan, into terrorism.
They showed jurors pictures of his childhood, while his relatives described him as a smiling boy who was doted on by his family.
Government prosecutors cross-examined several of the witnesses, asking how Tsarnaev could weep at the death of Mufasa in the ‘Lion King’ but murder innocents at the Boston Marathon. (© Daily Telegraph, London)