By Ian Beauchesne
March 4, 2015
There is too much evidence against the man accused of the Boston Marathon Bombing for him to walk away, says Lawrence, Mass police officer Sean O’Keefe.
The trial for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began Wednesday, March 4, in Boston, MA.
Tsernaev is accused of planting two pressure cooker bombs in backpacks by the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more then 260 more.
O’Keefe said the amount of evidence in this case to date is overwhelming.
“There is even video of him walking down the street with a backpack on at one point, then when he turns the corner it is gone and resting against a light post.”
The defence is looking to prove that Tsarnaev was acting out the wishes of his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with Watertown police on the night both suspects were found after going into hiding.
Attorney Lanna Belkis of Methuen, MA said the prosecutors will still have a lot of work to do despite the overwhelming amount of evidence in their favour.
“The prosecution may have a large amount of evidence on their side, however with the defence that Tsarnaev’s team is taking, they will have their work cut out for them.”
The court room was filled for the opening statements Wednesday March 2, with over two dozen victims and their families from that day in the city, which looks to the Marathon on Patriots Day every year as a tradition.
O’Keefe, who has almost five years on the job, said despite not actually being in the city that day every city and town in the state, and around New England was on edge. “The biggest concern in our area that day was whether or not the attacks in Boston were the only ones or if there were more.”
The trial is expected to go on for months. If found guilty Tsarnaev could face either life in prison or the death penalty.