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. When he climbed a ladder, he "saw a body in the boat," Henneberry told the court, also describing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's shoes, pants and hooded sweatshirt. Tsarnaev also scrawled a long message in pencil branded with the name of David 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.
The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Tuesday was expected to focus on the suspect's arrest following a daylong lockdown of much of the metropolitan area following the attack that killed three people and injured 264. Tsarnaev, 21, could be sentenced to death if he is convicted of charges that also include the fatal shooting of a police officer three days after prosecutors contend he and his older brother carried out the April 15, 2013, attack. They contend that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was the driving force behind the attacks, and that his younger sibling followed along out of a sense of subservience. In its first seven days of testimony, the trial at U.S. District Court in Boston has moved along at a blistering pace, with prosecutors working their way trough 58 witnesses and defense attorneys declining to cross-examine most who testified.
(Reuters) - The battle over gay marriage in Alabama heightened on Monday when a federal judge refused to stay her order to a county judge that he start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade said in a five-page order that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis must comply with her previous ruling, which found the state's gay marriage ban to be unconstitutional. Alabama's all-Republican Supreme Court had contravened that ruling earlier this month.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert Durst's mumblings about how he "killed them all" provided the dramatic kick to a documentary about the millionaire's troubled life and connection to three slayings, but it was words he penned that helped lead to his arrest on a murder charge, a law enforcement official said.
By Richard Valdmanis FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - A lawyer for the man accused of wounding two policemen during a protest rally outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police headquarters last week said on Monday his client was beaten when he was taken into custody, an allegation police called "completely false." Jeffrey L. Williams, 20, had bruising across his back, on both shoulders and his neck, and a welt on his head and a mark on his face, attorney Jerryl Christmas said, adding that he met with him for two hours on Monday but could not take pictures. "He was beaten when he was taken into custody." Williams had appeared briefly in court Monday morning without counsel and did not enter a plea. The shooting was the latest violent incident in months of demonstrations in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, after a white police officer fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown during a confrontation in August. "With regard to the allegations that Jeffrey Williams was 'beaten' by police, the St. Louis County Police Department calls these allegations completely false," spokesman Brian Schellman said in a statement.
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New York real estate scion and accused murderer Robert Durst's bathroom muttering that he "killed them all" would likely be admissible evidence in a murder trial, legal experts said on Monday. Durst, the subject of a six-part HBO documentary series called "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," was picked up by a filmmaker's microphone apparently acknowledging his crimes and admitting that he was "caught." He was formally charged on Monday in the first-degree murder of a longtime friend, writer Susan Berman, in a 15-year-old cold case. Also on Monday, Durst agreed to be extradited to Los Angeles County from New Orleans. He could face the death penalty in the case, which was filed by Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey with special circumstances.
President Barack Obama has a stern message for the younger generation about their political priorities: care more about climate change, and less about legalizing marijuana. Obama, who has been open about smoking pot in high school, chided an interviewer from Vice News who suggested that young people would view legalizing marijuana as a top item when considering the president's legacy. "First of all, it shouldn't be young people's biggest priority," Obama said in the interview, posted at https://news.vice.com/ "Young people: I understand this is important to you, but as you be thinking about climate change, the economy and jobs, war and peace, maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana," Obama said. Obama has long said he supports decriminalizing marijuana but not legalizing the drug.
By Richard Valdmanis FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - The man accused of wounding two policemen during a protest rally outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police headquarters last week appeared in court on Monday briefly and did not enter a plea. The shooting was the latest violent incident in months of demonstrations in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, after a white police officer shot dead unarmed black teen Michael Brown during a confrontation in August. Jeffrey L. Williams, 20, has admitted to firing the shots that wounded the officers early Thursday and also told authorities he was not shooting at police, Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said on Sunday after announcing the arrest. Williams did not give any statements on Monday during his brief appearance before Judge Joseph Dueker in St. Louis County Circuit Court.