Boston bombing jury sees boat in which Tsarnaev was caught

In this courtroom sketch, Dun Meng, far right, testifies with a translator at his side during the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, Thursday, March 12, 2015. Meng described his harrowing ride at gunpoint with the Boston Marathon bombers and the moment he made "the most difficult decision" of his life to bolt from the car. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring more than 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday visited the bullet-riddled boat in which he was captured days after the deadly blast.

The jurors walked around the outside of the boat and peered inside. Tsarnaev, flanked by three attorneys and U.S. marshals, watched impassively from a table about 50 feet away.

The red and white boat is covered with more than 100 bullet holes marked individually with small pieces of white evidence tape. One of the boat’s two front widows is shot out almost completely, with just one shattered piece of glass remaining.

Jurors walked around the boat, taking notes, and then went two at a time onto a lift so they could look inside the vessel, which was on a trailer.

Inside the boat, called the Slipaway II, they could see the note Tsarnaev wrote in which he denounced the U.S. for its wars in Muslim countries. The note, written in pencil, is speckled with at least 10 bullet holes and stained with long streaks of blood.

Tsarnaev’s lawyer admitted during opening statements that he participated in the bombings and the later crimes, but said his slain older brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind who recruited the then 19-year-old Dzhokhar to help him.

Prosecutors say Tsarnaev was a full and willing participant. Now 21, he faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted.

The same jury that decides guilt will decide whether he receives life in prison or the death penalty. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in the attack.

The trial began its third week on Monday. It had been expected to last three to four months but is moving faster than anticipated, largely because the defense has not cross-examined many witnesses.

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