Posts by Holly Bailey

  • In tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., a town endures under ‘the mercy of the sky’

    Holly Bailey at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    MOORE, Okla. — It was barely 7 p.m. last Saturday night, but the streets were deserted.

    As Steve Eddy drove toward City Hall, he passed dark storefronts and empty restaurants. It is usually the busiest night of the week in this bustling suburb south of Oklahoma City, but although it was still light out, many businesses had shuttered hours earlier than usual. A storm was coming, and no one wanted to be in its way, not even if it meant losing income or a night’s pay.

    As Moore’s longtime city manager, it was Eddy’s job to be on call for his hometown in good times and bad. And as he headed into work last weekend to be on guard for treacherous weather, he stared out the car window at the ghost town his city had become ahead of what many feared could be the next big storm. It was a sight that he’d seen many times in recent weeks, as the annual spring thunderstorms began to roll through, but he never found it any less unsettling — a town practically shut down by residents on edge. But Eddy couldn’t blame them. Who could after everything they’d been through?

    At one point, Todd Jenson, Eddy’s deputy, let out a sigh. “It’s like waiting for your own execution,” he said.

  • Jury sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

    Holly Bailey at Yahoo News 13 days ago

    BOSTON — After 10 weeks of heart-wrenching and often gruesome testimony from more than 150 witnesses, including survivors with missing limbs and an anguished father who spoke of watching his young son die on the sidewalk in front of him, a jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to the death penalty for his role in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

    Tsarnaev offered no visible reaction, though he glanced toward the jurors as they were individually polled on whether they supported the penalty of death. Some of the jurors, a man and at least two women, were crying.

    The decision came a little over two years after a pair of pressure-cooker bombs ripped through a crowd of unsuspecting spectators near the marathon’s finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring nearly 300. Among the injured: 17 amputees, many of whom took the stand against Tsarnaev with bomb shrapnel still embedded in their bodies.

    “If not for Tamerlan, this wouldn ’ t have happened,” Clarke said. “Dzhokhar would never have done this but for Tamerlan. The tragedy would never have occurred but for Tamerlan. None of it.”

  • Tsarnaev middle finger photo formally entered into evidence

    Holly Bailey at Yahoo News 1 mth ago

    BOSTON — Was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trying to send an ominous "message" to America or was he simply preening?

    That was the question at his federal trial Wednesday as prosecutors formally entered into evidence a video still of the now-convicted Boston Marathon bomber giving a courthouse security camera the middle finger.

    The photo — long rumored but seen for the first time in court Tuesday — was captured as Tsarnaev waited to be arraigned on bombing charges in July 2013. Dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit with his face visibly scarred, Tsarnaev appears furious as he gestures to the camera.

    "This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev," prosecutor Nadine Pellegrini said as she showed the image to the jury during the government's opening statement Tuesday. "Unconcerned, unrepentant and unchanged."

    Oliveira said he knew of no other incident that day involving Tsarnaev, who waited in the cell several hours before his arraignment. Jurors saw Tsarnaev walking and sitting calmly in his cell in other portions of the video.

  • Photo of Tsarnaev giving middle finger in cell shown at trial

    Holly Bailey at Yahoo News 1 mth ago

    BOSTON — During a dramatic first dayof the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, federal prosecutors showed the jury an image of the convicted Boston Marathon bomber giving the middle finger to a security camera at the courthouse.

    The photo — long rumored but seen for the first time in court Tuesday — was captured as Tsaranev was waiting to be arraigned on bombing charges in July 2013. Dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit with his face visibly scarred, Tsarnaev appears furious as he gestures to the camera.

    It was a sharp contrast to Tsarnaev's demeanor in court, where he has offered little reaction or emotion to even the most gut-wrenching of testimony since his trial began.

    "This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev," prosecutor Nadine Pellegrini said. "Unconcerned, unrepentant and unchanged."

    prosecutors show a photo of #Tsarnaev flippin the bird in a hold cell from summer '13 @CNNNewsource

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  • Separated by 2 decades, the Oklahoma City and Boston Marathon bombings are linked by an enduring mystery

    Holly Bailey at Yahoo News 1 mth ago

    Peeking out the window that Wednesday morning, the sky was cloudless and a vivid blue. These are the incongruous details you always seem to remember when something terrible happens. On the television, the local CBS affiliate suddenly broke into programming with a shot from the station’s helicopter as it flew toward downtown Oklahoma City, 10 miles away from where I lived. “There’s been some kind of explosion,” the anchor announced, as the screen showed a thick plume of black smoke rising from the skyline. As the helicopter got closer, the smoke engulfed a single building, as if it were simply a bad fire. But then the aircraft banked and circled around, cutting through the smoke, and suddenly you could see it: The entire facade of a nine-story building had been blown off.

    It was the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, a glass and concrete structure that, truth be told, I had never even noticed before, and half of it was gone, ripped apart by what investigators later discovered was a 7,000-pound bomb made of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, diesel fuel and other explosives packed into a Ryder truck.

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  • Jury finds Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of Boston Marathon bombings

    Holly Bailey at Yahoo News 1 mth ago

    BOSTON—Nearly two years after two pressure-cooker bombs ripped through a crowd of unsuspecting spectators near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a federal jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts for his role in the deadly attacks, which killed three and injured nearly 300.

    "We unanimously find the defendent Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev guilty," the court clerk said, again and again.

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    Tsarnaev, 21, offered no visible reaction to the charges, which were announced in a courtroom packed full of victims and survivors.

    The decision came a day and a half after seven women and five men began deliberations in the first phase of the trial and after 17 days of emotional and often gruesome testimony and evidence in the case. Jurors repeatedly saw horrific photos and videos of the bloody aftermath of the bombs. They also heard heart-wrenching testimony from survivors, including the father of the youngest victim of the attacks—8-year-old Martin Richard--whose body was literally blown apart by the second bomb.

  • Most Boston residents oppose death penalty for Marathon bomber Tsarnaev: poll

    Holly Bailey at Yahoo News 2 mths ago

    A majority of Boston residents believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not receive the death penalty for his admitted role in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, according to a new poll released Monday.

    The survey conducted for WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, found that most Boston residents polled — 62 percent — said Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. Twenty-seven percent said he should receive the death penalty.

    The poll comes as the prosecution is expected to wrap up its case within days in the first phase of Tsarnaev’s federal death penalty trial in Boston. A jury will first decide whether Tsarnaev is guilty before moving on to the penalty phase of the trial, when they will determine whether he lives or dies for his role in the April 2013 bombings, which killed three and injured nearly 300.

    But the WBUR poll is the first conducted since Judy Clarke, Tsarnaev’s attorney, admitted her client’s role in the bombings. “It was him,” Clarke said in her opening statement earlier this month.


  • Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev to face state charges for police officer’s murder

    Holly Bailey at Yahoo News 2 mths ago

    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was indicted on local charges related to the shooting death of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier three days after the April 2013 attacks.

    The charges, which had been long expected, came a day after forensics experts testified in Tsarnaev’s federal trial they had identified Collier’s blood on a pair of white golf gloves found in the driver’s seat floorboard of a Honda Accord that belonged to the confessed bomber. The car was found abandoned on a street in Watertown, Mass., after a shootout between the Tsarnaev brothers and police four days after the bombings.

    In astatement Thursday, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan announced a local grand jury had indicted Tsarnaev for Collier’s murder. She said her office would “move forward with criminal charges … after the current federal trial is completed.”

    That means the jury could weigh in on Tsarnaev’s guilt sometime next month before moving on to decide whether Tsarnaev lives or dies for his role in the bombings.

  • Live updates: Trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    Holly Bailey at Yahoo News 2 mths ago

    The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continues Thursday. Testimony focused on the murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed at close range as the Tsarnaev brothers allegedly tried to steal his gun hours after their pictures were broadcast as suspects in the marathon bombings. Collier was shot six times, including three times in the head.

    Some jurors gasped and teared up as they viewed gruesome autopsy photos of the gunshot wounds to Collier's head. The head wounds caused "direct destruction of the brain," Renee Robinson, the Boston medical examiner who performed the autopsy, testified. "His heart stopped... He inhaled his own blood."

    "Every time i recall this, I think it is the most terrifying moment, the most difficult decision in my life," Meng said as he took the stand, giving jurors a harrowing account of his dealings with the Tsarnaev brothers that night.

  • In Boston Marathon bombing courtroom, gruesome testimony and dread at what is to come

    Holly Bailey at Yahoo News 2 mths ago

    BOSTON—The clock on the video said 2:49 p.m., and it was hard to imagine that anyone in the courtroom didn’t know what was coming up next. In the nearly two years since two bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 2013 Boston Marathon, footage of the two fireballs erupting along Boylston Street, one after the other, has been replayed millions of times, accompanied by gruesome photos and video of the bloody aftermath.

    But as prosecutors began presenting their case against accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday with silent footage of those deadly bombs that killed three people and injured nearly 300 more, there was an edge in the air among the jurors, victims and others inside the Boston federal courtroom where the trial is taking place.

    That was followed moments later by grisly, up-close video of the aftermath of the first bomb shot by Colton Kilgore, a North Carolina man who had been on hand to film his mother-in-law crossing the finish line but ended up capturing several members of his family nearly bleeding to death from wounds sustained in the explosion.