Boston Marathon bombing trial enters 3rd week

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

BOSTON (AP) – The first two weeks of the Boston Marathon bombing trial have focused on the injuries and deaths from the 2013 attack: survivors recounted losing limbs and loved ones as federal prosecutors told of the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer.

Now, the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is entering its third week. It had been expected to last three to four months, but is moving faster than anticipated, largely because the defense has not cross-examined many witnesses.

During opening statements, Tsarnaev’s lawyer admitted he committed the crimes, but said his older brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind who persuaded the then 19-year-old to participate.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in the bombing.

Testimony resumes Monday.

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