Friend testifies Tsarnaev would not return gun
A close friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev testified Tuesday that Tsarnaev borrowed a gun from him two months before the 2013 attack and "kept coming up with excuses" for not returning it.
Prosecutors have identified the Ruger handgun as the gun used by Tsarnaev and his brother to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer as they tried to flee the area three days after the bombings.
Stephen Silva testified that several weeks after he first showed Tsarnaev the gun, Tsarnaev asked if could "potentially borrow" it.
"He said he wanted to rip [rob] some kids from URI," Silva said, a reference to the University of Rhode Island.
Silva said that after a few weeks, he asked Tsarnaev for the gun back, but Tsarnaev repeatedly made up excuses for why he didn't return the gun.
Tsarnaev, 21, faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted.
Silva, who was charged last year with gun possession and drug charges, said Tuesday he was testifying as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. - AP
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