(BOSTON) — The Massachusetts man who found alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev recounted for a court Tuesday the moment he realized the suspect was hiding in a boat in his backyard.
David Henneberry testified that he “kept fixating” on a pool of blood that he discovered on the deck of his boat, the “Slipaway II,” that was in his backyard.
The retiree testified that he checked on the boat after two chafing guards and the shrink wrap had fallen off the boat.
“Not a huge amount,” he said of the blood he saw on the boat deck. “But enough.”
When he climbed a ladder, he “saw a body in the boat,” Henneberry told the court, also describing Tsarnaev’s shoes, pants and hooded sweatshirt.
There was “no movement at all” from the figure “lying on his side,” he testified.
Tsarnaev had been on the run since a shootout hours earlier with police that left his brother dead and an officer injured, according to prosecutors.
The prosecution showed pictures of the message that they said Tsarnaev scrawled on to the side of the boat, and also introduced into evidence the bloodied pencil that authorities said Tsarnaev used.
The message “Stop killing our innocent people … we will stop,” was carved into a wooden slat on the side of the boat. Tsarnaev also scrawled a long message in pencil branded with the name of Henneberry’s stepson’s company, according to the prosecution.
Tsarnaev faces the death penalty for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people. A Cambridge, Massachusetts police officer was killed days later, allegedly by Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
During Monday’s court proceedings, a number of police officers described the gunfight between cops and the Tsarnaev brothers and the ensuing struggle with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. They also testified that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sped toward the struggle in an SUV, ultimately running over his older brother.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to the 30 counts against him, including charges of using a “weapon of mass destruction resulting in death,” but his defense attorney has declared that he participated in the bombing.
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