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Marathon bomber's lawyers give jury glimpse into family life
May 06, 2015 06:30 GMT

By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are giving a jury glimpses into his troubled family as they try to save him from the death penalty.

On Tuesday, a psychiatrist said he diagnosed Tsarnaev's father with post-traumatic stress disorder after he reported being tortured in a Russian camp during the Chechen wars with Russia in the 1990s.

The psychiatrist said he treated Anzor Tsarnaev in Boston from 2003 to 2005.

A Princeton University professor described the turbulent region of Chechnya, Russia, where Anzor Tsarnaev's family had roots.

The Tsarnaev family lived in the Dagestan region of Russia, near Chechnya, and in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan before moving to the U.S. in 2002. Dzhokhar was 8 when he came to America.

A prosecutor pointed out on cross-examination that Dzhokhar had never lived in Chechnya.

 
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