Bombing survivor confronts Tsarnaev supporter at court appearance

By Samantha Lavien

slavien@abc6.com

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was back in court for the first time in more than a year and a half, appearing for the final status conference less than a month before his trial is set to begin.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile confronted supporters of Tsarnaev prior to the conference.

“I asked her if she wanted to come in and look at the evidence.”

Tsarnaev supporters were referring to the case as trickery, when Fucarile responded by holding up his prosthetic leg. He’s one of more than 260 people injured by two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the marathon in 2013. Three people were killed in that attack.

The 21-year-old’s appearance has changed since we last saw him. He now has a beard and long curly hair.

The courtroom was packed with survivors, FBI agents, police and Tsarnaev supporters. With the trial less than a month away, emotions are running high.

“Just grateful to be alive and happy to be here”

At the end of the hearing the mother-in-law of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot and killed by FBI agents during an interview in 2013, screamed out in Russian and was escorted out of the room.

After court she told reporters that Tsarnaev is innocent.

“They didn’t want to die. They were not crazy to that point. They were not radical like they are trying to say. No.”

Tsarnaev is facing 30 charges in connection with the bombings. He pleaded not guilty to those charges in July of 2013.

The trial begins January 5 and is expected to last several months.

If convicted, Tsarnaev faces the possibility of the death penalty.

(C) WLNE-TV 2014