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Mar 5, 2015 10:11 AM

Latest on Boston bombing trial: Man who lost legs testifies

The Associated Press

10:10 A.M.

A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon attacks has taken the witness stand in the trial of bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

Jeff Bauman walked slowly into the courtroom Thursday using two prosthetic legs.

He began his testimony describing how he went to the marathon April 15, 2013, to see his future wife run.

He told jurors that he saw Tsarnaev's brother, Tamerlan, before the two bombs exploded. Bauman remembers that he wasn't watching the race.

He says: "He didn't look like he was having fun like everyone else."

Bauman later described Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the FBI.

An image of an ashen-faced Bauman being wheeled from the marathon with both of his legs severely injured and bloody became one of the most widely distributed photos after the attack.


10 A.M.

A Boston police officer is describing the grave injuries suffered by a woman who was killed when the first of two bombs exploded at the 2013 marathon.

Frank Chiola (KEE'-oh-lah) testified Thursday in Tsarnaev's trial that he was the first officer to reach 29-year-old Krystle Campbell. He says he ran across the street to help victims as soon as he heard the explosion.

Chiola says smoke came out of Campbell's mouth as he tried to give her chest compressions. He says she appeared to be in a lot of pain.

Campbell was one of three people killed after twin bombs exploded at the marathon. More than 260 people were wounded.


9:40 A.M.

Lawyers for Tsarnaev say survivors of the attacks shouldn't have been allowed to give such gruesome testimony, but the judge disagrees.

Defense attorney David Bruck is objecting to the extent of testimony Wednesday from three women who described their injuries in detail and what they saw on the day of the 2013 attack.

Bruck said Thursday 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 punishment.

Prosecutors say the survivors simply described what they saw.

Judge George O'Toole Jr. agreed with prosecutors and denied the motion to limit survivors' testimony.

Boston police Officer Frank Chiola has taken the stand as the first witness Thursday.


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