Nun in Tsarnaev Trial: 'His Voice Had Pain in It'

Sister Helen Prejean testifies in Boston Marathon Bomber trial
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2015 6:10 PM CDT
This undated file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013, by the FBI shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/FBI, File)
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(Newser) – A Roman Catholic nun grabbed the spotlight today in the sentencing phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's high-profile trial, the Boston Globe reports. "He said emphatically, 'No one deserves to suffer like they did,'" said Sister Helen Prejean about a visit with Tsarnaev. She added that his voice "had pain in it, actually." Under cross-examination, she admitted to being a native of Louisiana—not Massachusetts—and a known advocate against the death penalty. A prison warden appearing for the prosecution testified that if imprisoned, Tsarnaev would likely be able to write a book, receive visitors, and make phone calls, but conceded that Tsarnaev's life would be at risk there. Jurors will get tomorrow off, then hear closing arguments before deciding whether Tsarnaev should face the death penalty, the AP reports.

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