The newly released medical testimony on Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reveals that he suffered numerous severe injuries on the night he was captured, including a gunshot wound that "entered through the left side inside of his mouth and exited the left face." The information comes from the testimony given by Dr. Stephen Odom, a trauma surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center who treated Tsarnaev after police first captured him back in April.
In addition to the face wound, Tsarnaev had "multiple gunshot wounds to the extremities," a skull fracture, injuries to the ear and throat, and other small fractures in his hands and legs. The doctor also testified at hearing that the suspect was alert and aware of his surroundings, but he was "not sure how aware he is of the specific" injuries. The testimony was delivered in April, but unsealed this week.
Tsarnaev was found bleeding to death in the back of a parked boat after a day-long manhunt in the Boston suburb of Watertown. It's not clear if he was shot during the initial shootout that killed his brother, Tamerlan, or when police fired on the boat nearly a day later. Tsarnaev is currently being held in federal detention center, where awaits trial on the bombing and murder charges. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
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