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BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: TV cameras line the entrance of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the Boston Bomber Trial enters jury deliberations in the sentencing phase of the trail on May 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Members of the legal defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including William Fick (from left), Miriam Conrad, Judy Clarke and Timothy Watkins leave John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse after the beginning of jury deliberations in the sentencing phase of the Boston Bomber Trial on May 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Members of the public line up to enter John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the Boston Bomber Trial is slated to start closing arguments on May 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 11: A protester holds up a sign outside of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the Tsarnaev defense nears its end of presenting case in sentencing phase of the Boston Bomber Trial on May 11, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 11: Sister Helen Prejean is surrounded by media after testifying at John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the Tsarnaev defense nears its end of presenting case in sentencing phase of the Boston Bomber Trial on May 11, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 04: Members of the legal defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including Miriam Conrad, (from left), Judy Clarke and David Bruck arrive at John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the sentencing phase in the Boston Bomber Trial continues on May 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries and his relatives are expected to take the stand to testify. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
Members of the legal defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including (L-R) David Bruck, Timothy G. Watkins and Judy Clarke leave John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse as the sentencing phase In Boston Bomber Trial continues on April 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
Members of the legal defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including William Fick (L) and Timothy G. Watkins walk away from John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse during the first day of the sentencing phase of the Boston Marathon Bomber Trial on April 21, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which related in three deaths and over 250 injuries.(Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Media and police vechicles are reflected in the entranceway of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse during the first day of the sentencing phase of the Boston Marathon Bomber Trial on April 21, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 8: The jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty at the Boston Marathon bombing trial at Moakley Federal Court. Bombing survivor Karen Brassard pauses as she answers a question outside the courthouse after the verdict. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Dana Cohen, (from left), Carlos Arredondo, Karen Brassard, Liz Norden, Laurie Scher and Massport Fire Lt. Michael Ward at a press conference outside of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse following a verdict in the Marathon Bombing case on on April 8, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 9: An artist's sketch of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hangs on the wall outside the Moakley courthouse for videographers to record during the Marathon bombing trial. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 11: Members of the media film evidence from the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Boston Marathon bombing trial on display at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on March 11, 2015 . (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 4: Opening statements in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber took place at Moakley Federal Courthouse. A construction crew lowers a form to pour concrete in with the words 'Boston Strong' spray painted on it at a construction site directly across from the courthouse. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 5: Boston Marathon bombing victim, Rebekah Gregory, right, arrived at Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, where the second day in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got underway on March 5, 2015. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 4: Joe Kebartas of South Boston protests the death penalty outside of the entrance to the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse during the first day of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial on March 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in an attack on the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon along with his brother Tamerlan, who was later killed during a shootout with police. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 4: Jose Briceno, of Cambridge, Mass., protests outside Moakley Federal Courthouse, where opening statements began in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on March 4, 2015. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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BOSTON (AP) - With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seated at the defense table no more than 15 feet away Thursday, the father of an 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing described the moment when he looked down at his son's pale, torn body and realized he wouldn't make it.

"I saw a little boy who had his body severely damaged by an explosion," Bill Richard told the jury, "and I just knew from what I saw that there was no chance, the color of his skin, and so on."

Martin Richard was one of three people killed in the bombing near the finish line of the race on April 15, 2013. The boy's younger sister, 6-year-old Jane, had her leg blown off, while their older brother, Henry, suffered minor injuries.

Their father, testifying at Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial, spoke in a slow, halting voice but remained largely composed as he described the chaos and confusion.

He said he watched as Jane tried to get up, then fell down. He scooped her up in one arm and took Henry in the other and "tried to shield both of their eyes" as he took them away.

Richard said he ran back across the street twice to check on his wife, Denise, and Martin. It was then he realized the extent of his middle child's injuries, and turned his attention to those who still had a chance.

"I knew in my head that I needed to act quickly or we might not only lose Martin, but we might lose Jane, too," he said.

Tsarnaev, 21, showed no reaction to the testimony and appeared to look straight ahead, not making eye contact with Richard, who sat off to the side in the witness box.

Some of the women on the jury appeared to wince at times during his testimony. Spectators in the courtroom could be heard quietly crying, including Rebekah Gregory, who lost a leg in the bombing.

As Richard testified, the jury watched a video of the father rushing to help his children. Prosecutors paused the video frequently so that Richard could explain what was happening.

A prosecutor then circled a face in a photo - a young man in a white backward baseball cap - who could be seen just behind Jane and Martin, who were standing on a metal barricade, watching the race. It was Tsarnaev, shortly before the two pressure-cooker bombs went off.

Richard took the stand as federal prosecutors continued trying to drive home the horror of the attack in such graphic detail that Tsarnaev's lawyers objected - and were overruled.

Earlier in the day, Roseann Sdoia testified that she saw two flashes of white light at her feet near the finish line, looked down, and for a split second thought to herself: I'm wearing strappy sandals.

She quickly realized she was looking at her foot dangling from her mangled leg.

"Someone came running over to me and told me I had to get out of there. I told them I couldn't get up. I didn't have a leg," a sobbing Sdoia told the jury.

She walked to the witness stand on an artificial leg, plainly visible below the hemline of her skirt.

Sdoia, who was at the race as a spectator, said she saw wounded people all around her, including someone covered with soot, dazed and "walking around like a zombie."

"It was almost like I was starring in a horror movie, as everybody else was around me," she said.

Prosecutors also showed the jury a grisly photo of her shredded leg.

Tsarnaev's lawyer has admitted the former college student took part in the bombings. But in a bid to save Tsarnaev from a death sentence, she argued that he was influenced by his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a getaway attempt days after the bombing.

Also Thursday, Jeff Bauman - who lost both legs in the attack and was photographed being wheeled away that day in one of the most widely seen images of the tragedy - testified that he locked eyes with one of the bombers shortly before the twin blasts.

"He was alone. He wasn't watching the race," said Bauman, who walked slowly into court on two prosthetic legs. "I looked at him, and he just kind of looked down at me. I just thought it was odd."

Later, from his hospital bed, Bauman remembered the man's face clearly enough to give the FBI a description of someone authorities say turned out to be Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Before testimony began Thursday, Tsarnaev's lawyers complained to the judge that the survivors' testimony from the previous day was too gruesome and that such accounts should be limited.

U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. refused.


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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Boston Marathon bombing victim Karen Brassard (R) speaks during a press conference next to Carlos Arredondo (L) outside of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse following a verdict in the Marathon Bombing case on on April 8 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty to 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Dana Cohen (L) and Carlos Arredondo attend a press conference outside of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse following a verdict in the Marathon Bombing case on on April 8, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Dana Cohen, (from left), Carlos Arredondo, Karen Brassard, Liz Norden, Laurie Scher and Massport Fire Lt. Michael Ward at a press conference outside of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse following a verdict in the Marathon Bombing case on on April 8, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Boston Marathon bombing victim Karen Brassard speaks during a press conference outside of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse following a verdict in the Marathon Bombing case on on April 8 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty to 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Karen Brassard (C) and Carlos Arredondo leave after a press conference outside of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse following a verdict in the Marathon Bombing case on on April 8 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty to 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
Victims of the Boston Marathon bombing testified in graphic detail Thursday about what happened to them as the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued.
BOSTON - MARCH 5: Boston Marathon victim Rebekah Gregory heads into the Moakley Courthouse for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombings. (Photo by Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
The video being shown to jurors is extremely graphic. Shows up close the injuries sustained in Marathon bombings. #Tsarnaev
Rebekah Gregory had 17 surgeries to her left leg. The 18th surgery was the amputation. #Tsarnaev
Corcoran details her many wounds and scars; #Tsarnaev defense team listens intently. Their client is looking at the table.
Karen McWatters re: Krystle Campbell: "She said her legs hurt ... Her hand went limp in mine. She never spoke again after that." #Tsarnaev
Bruck asks that camera on defense team be turned off. "It is trained directly on the defense table." Defense expects privacy. #Tsarnaev
David Bruck also concerned about repeated victim testimony. Says there is a place for that, but at sentencing phase. Not now. #tsarnaev
Jeff Bauman: "I said 'I saw the kid. I know what happened.'" #Tsarnaev
Bauman, leaning to side of chair, hand on table as he recounts fearing he would die, seeing the "guy in the cowboy hat" who kept him calm
Sketch of @Jeffmbauman testifying today. http://t.co/sHOseHnBRA
The photo also shows Tamerlan a few feet away from Jeff. Was that the guy with backpack? "Yeah." #Tsarnaev
Been watching #tsarnaev. He has been looking ahead whole time.
Jurors look very concerned, some put their hands to their mouths @NECN #Tsarnaev
While others rightfully judged that Lingzi Lu wouldn't make it, Lauren Woods stayed by her side until she was rushed to ambulance #Tsarnaev
Lawyers discussing video from the forum restaurant that is set to be shown at some point #7news
Defense has questions about why 3 photos will be used with testimony of Roseanne Sdoia, who lost leg. Judge says they're different #Tsarnaev
Roseann Sdoia is asked if she wants to sit while taking oath. "I can stand." #Tsarnaev
Judge says two incidents of witnesses talking about iraq were uncalled for in this phase of the trial..now the jury returns to court #7news
Defense: Prosecution shouldn't "continually stoke" the "us vs. them" mentality; eliciting responses re: military from witnesses. #Tsarnaev
Jury seeing Forum Restaurant video, timestamp is 2:45 p.m., figure with white hat shown walking along Boylston St. #Tsarnaev
Jury just saw video of the bomb going off at Forum, there is no sound on the video @NECN #Tsarnaev
Jury is now looking at frozen frames of video from the Forum, Marc Fucarile is shown lying on the ground @NECN #Tsarnaev
BOSTON - MARCH 4: Opening statements in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber took place at Moakley Federal Courthouse on March 4, 2015. Marc Fucarile, who lost his leg in the bombings, leaves court. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
The jury is looking at a photo of the Richard family watching runners at the marathon @NECN #Tsarnaev
Bill Richard's daughter Jane lost a leg. His wife Denise lost the sight in one eye. His son Martin lost his life. #Tsarnaev.
"I saw a little boy who had his body severely damaged by an explosion and" pauses, swallows "from what I saw, there was no chance" #Tsarnaev
Several other survivors in the courtroom are crying listening to Bill Richard's testimony @NECN #Tsarnaev
Court is in recess until Monday morning. #Tsarnaev
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