News

Marathon suspect seeks dismissal of some charges

Marathon suspect seeks dismissal of some charges

Photo: WHMP

(Boston, MA) – Lawyers for marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be in court today, asking a judge to dismiss some of the charges he’s facing. Tsarnaev’s attorneys say many of the charges are redundant and could sway jurors in finding him guilty or in sentencing him to death.

As Boston marked the anniversary of the marathon bombings yesterday, police took a man into custody near the race finish line, carrying a rice cooker in his backpack. Police say the man is being charged with possession of a hoax device. A bomb squad blew up the backpack as a precaution along with a second unattended backpack also found in the area.

Survivors, first-responders and public officials have observed a moment of silence near the Boston Marathon finish line to mark the moment two pressure cooker bombs exploded a year ago. Three people were killed and 260 others injured in the attacks. This year’s running of the Boston Marathon will take place on Monday.

 

Recent Headlines

5 mins ago in Local

UMass Becomes First Major Public University to Divest from Direct Fossil Fuel Holdings

Fresh
UMass Amherst

UMass yesterday became the first major university to divest fossil fuel proceeds from its endowment.

15 mins ago in Local

Timber Rattlesnake Sanctuary on Hold

Fresh
rattlesnake

The idea has been widely opposed by residents who live near the Quabbin and use it for recreation.

17 mins ago in Local

Easthampton Considers Plastic Bag Ban

Fresh
reusable plastic bag clipart

The idea is expected to be the focus of several more public meetings before it is brought to the full council for a vote.

24 mins ago in Local

Amherst Voters Nix Zoning Change

Fresh
Amherst Town Hall

Town meeting members voted to send the measure back to the planning board for further study.

34 mins ago in Local

Gun Buyback Program June 11

Fresh
gun

DA Dave Sullivan has announced that a gun buyback program will be held June 11th at the Greenfield and Northampton police stations.