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May 5, 2015 11:17 AM

Latest on Boston trial: Doctor says Tsarnaevs' dad had PTSD

The Associated Press

11 a.m.

A psychiatrist who treated the father of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) from 2003 to 2005 has testified that he diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Alexander Niss testified for the defense Tuesday in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev has been found guilty of all 30 charges against him, and the same jury that convicted him will soon decide whether he deserves life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

Niss says Anzor Tsarnaev told him he had been tortured in a Russian camp during the Russian-Chechen war in the 1990s. Niss says Tsarnaev showed typical symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety, flashbacks and paranoia.

Niss' testimony appeared designed to support the claim by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers about dysfunction in Tsarnaev's family.


10:20 a.m.

A college roommate of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's (tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) wife has testified in the Boston Marathon bombing trial that she and another roommate fled their apartment in the middle of the night after Tamerlan yelled at her and threatened her.

Amanda Ransom said Tuesday she was close friends with Katherine Russell from 2007 to 2009. She says Russell became alienated from her friends after she began dating Tamerlan, the older brother of Dzhokhar (joh-HAHR'), who is on trial for his life.

She says she was awakened in 2009 by loud noises. She went to check on Katherine, and Tamerlan yelled at her and said, "If I ever see you again ..."

Dzhokhar's lawyers say Tamerlan was the mastermind of the 2013 bombings. Tamerlan died in a police shootout.


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