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Virginia Hospital Escape: Armed Prisoner in Manhunt Captured

Fairfax County Police(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) — Police have captured a convict who became the subject of a manhunt after escaping from a Virginia hospital Tuesday morning, a law enforcement official confirmed.

Law enforcement sources said the suspect was arrested in Washington, D.C., by MPD without incident. The location was 25th and Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

The escaped prisoner, identified as Wossen Assaye, earlier prompted a lockdown at a Northern Virginia hospital after he overpowered a guard, fired a gun and escaped, authorities said.

Earlier, officials found a car he was believed to be in, prompting them to believe he may have switched cars.

"The Toyota Camry w/VA tags: XZP-8513 has been located," Fairfax County Police in Virginia said via Twitter. "The suspect is still at large and we are continuing the search."

Police said Assaye may have switched to a 2008 gray Hyundai Elantra with Virginia plates XTU-5024, and be wearing a dark colored jacket and blue jeans.

Inova Fairfax Hospital, located in the city of Falls Church, Virginia, less than 10 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after Assaye escaped from custody, authorities said.

Assaye overpowered a private security guard and took the guard's gun, Fairfax County Police said. Police said Assaye had been taken to the hospital for medical treatment after attempting to harm himself.

A struggle broke out between the private security guard and Assaye, and one shot was fired, but no one was injured, police said. The suspect, who was wearing a hospital gown and no shoes, was considered armed and dangerous.

Police are looking for this escaped prisoner. He is wearing a hospital gown and no shoes & armed with a gun. pic.twitter.com/sMtvEYkWeL

— FairfaxCounty Police (@fairfaxpolice) March 31, 2015

Authorities released a photo of the suspect's girlfriend, stating that Assaye may be with her.

 

The escaped prisoner may be with his girlfriend pictured here. pic.twitter.com/Ccb6D5qsv8

— FairfaxCounty Police (@fairfaxpolice) March 31, 2015

 Authorities said Assaye escaped by carjacking the 2002 silver Toyota Camry they located later in the morning, police said.

According to a court complaint, Assaye was accused in a string of bank robberies in eastern Virginia between October 2013 and March 20, 2015. In each situation, authorities say, the perpetrator entered the bank -- often with a cell phone to his ear -- either displayed a handgun or demand note, and verbally demanded money.

Assaye had a criminal history, with convictions for multiple burglary and robbery offenses in 1998 and 1999, and served time in prison between 2000 and May 2013, according to the complaint.

A heavy police presence was reported near the hospital, and police vehicles were seen blocking the hospital’s entrances during the search for the prisoner. Hospital employees were being sent to a nearby high school, and a shuttle bus was carrying the employees to work during the lockdown, police said.

Fairfax County Police Second Lt. Brooke Wright said multiple law enforcement bodies -- including the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and state police -- are helping with the search.

“We don’t believe that he has gone far,” Wright said.


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Aaron Hernandez Trial: Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Recalls His Last Conversation with Hernandez

ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft recalled his conversation with Aaron Hernandez about the incident that's the basis of the football player's murder trial.

Kraft was on the stand in the Fall River Justice Center in Fall River, Massachusetts, about 40 miles south of Gillette Stadium, where Kraft said he last spoke to Hernandez for about "five to 10 minutes." Kraft said he "vaguely" remembered that Hernandez told him he was "completely innocent."

Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd, 27, was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee and was was found shot to death in an industrial park less than a mile from a home that Hernandez and his fiancee shared.

Kraft said he approached Hernandez on June 19, 2013, in the weight room of Gillette Stadium and asked to speak with him. At that time, media were reporting about Hernandez's involvement in the incident.

Kraft mostly answered "yes" and "no" to questions from both the defense and prosecution, revealing that the businessman had "no problems" with Hernandez in the stadium, but admitted to an attorney that he didn't know much about the player's life outside of the stadium.

"You were at Gillette stadium and you saw all the media assembled there," an attorney asked Kraft. "The media coverage at that point was non-stop and it was extensive. And that bothered you, didn't it?"

Kraft then answered "yes."

Kraft said earlier when he took the stand, "I had heard there was an incident that had transpired," and that he had asked Hernandez "whether he was involved."

"Any player involved in our system...I consider family," Kraft said. "I wanted to get him help."

"He hugged and kissed me and thanked me for my concern," Kraft said of Hernandez, saying he didn't see Hernandez after that conversation.

The defense attorney asked questions about Hernandez's contract through the 2018 season, asking why Kraft would make such a long-term investment in the player, to which Kraft responded, "He's a very good player."

Last month, a trainer that's not employed by the team testified in the trial. Coach Bill Belichick and linebacker Brandon Spikes are on the witness list, but it's not clear if they will be called to the stand.

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Alabama Moms Meet After Facebook Apology for Kids' Behavior Goes Viral

ABC News(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Thanks to the "power of social media," two Alabama moms met on Monday, just days after one of the women posted on Facebook apologizing for her daughters' "rude and obnoxious" behavior at the movies.

It all started when Birmingham mom Kyesha Smith Wood sent her son, daughter and step-daughter to see Cinderella at the local movie theater.

"There were two girls behind us, they were giggling, kind of talking...kicking my seat," Rebecca Boyd, of Adger, Alabama, recalled to ABC News.

"I turned around and I said, 'You know girls, we paid for this movie just like you did. Could you guys keep it down?' They just laughed," Boyd said. "After I spoke to them, they seemed to not care. They just laughed in my face."

Wood said her son told her what happened.

"That broke my heart," Wood told ABC News. "It really made me feel a lot of shame and I felt embarrassed for the girls' behavior."

Wood posted the story on her Facebook page, asking the moviegoer to contact her.

"The woman I'm looking for addressed them and asked them to be quiet and they were disrespectful," Wood wrote on Facebook. "After the movie she approached my girls and told them that her husband had been laid off and this was the last movie she would be able to take her daughter to for a while and my girls ruined that for her."

Wood's post continued, "This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology."

The local Jefferson County Sheriff's Office then shared Wood's post on Facebook. The story went viral, generating over 250,000 likes.

"I live in that community," Sgt. Jack Self told ABC News. "I just felt like if I could put it for a bigger audience, maybe she could find the lady she was looking for."

Boyd's identity was revealed when she left a comment on the sheriff's office post, and on Monday, the moms finally came together in person.

"I was shocked that the mother supported me," Boyd told ABC News.

"I believe they’re good girls," Boyd said. "They just made some mistakes.”

Wood's daughters will write an apology letter to Boyd, according to Wood's Facebook post, and also contribute some of their allowance towards the Boyd family's next trip to the movies.

"Rebecca is really the hero in this," Wood said. "Initially none of this would have happened if Rebecca had not said something to the girls."

"I think more parents have to do that," Wood added.

Wood said, "the intention was never to embarrass or humiliate the girls, but at the same time, I think they kind of understand the power of social media and how quickly the things you do wrong can spread."

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Former Police Chief Says He Feared FLDS Church Leaders

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A former police chief who served the twin towns that the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints dominates is coming forward for the first time, claiming he lived in fear that Warren Jeffs and other church leaders would take his family away if he didn’t do their bidding.

“This community has always been a theocracy,” Helaman Barlow told ABC News' Nightline in an exclusive interview.

For years, Barlow said he was the head of the marshals that patrol the twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah -- because the community straddles state lines, they have town marshals. Barlow is now divulging what he says are church secrets to federal investigators, who are suing the local town governments, accusing them of being wholly controlled by the church. It’s a charge local officials in both towns deny.

“To be a police officer in this community and to be hired by the marshal’s office is a calling from the church,” Barlow said. “You had to get permission to go to the police academy from the church.”

Even though Warren Jeffs, the leader of the FLDS Church, is serving a life sentence in prison for marrying and raping two 12-year-old girls, Barlow alleged that Jeffs still controls every aspect of life for most of the roughly 10,000 people who live in the community, from what they believe, to what they own, to who they marry, even what they eat.

But now there is a small but growing movement to wrestle control away from Jeffs, and Barlow is one of the key players in doing that. Since leaving the church, Barlow has grown out his hair and grew a mustache, and now rides a motorcycle, all of which he said is to show he is in defiance of church rules.

“It’s more of statement to show that I’m not with the church, I’m not with the Jeffs. I’m obviously out,” Barlow said. “For me, it was an outright overt act to show everyone I’m done with it. I’m done.”

As the chief marshal, Barlow said his job was to “protect the church.” He joined the force 20 years ago and said he quickly learned that the marshals work hand-in-glove with FLDS Church security, known as “The God Squad,” who keep a close eye on outsiders.

“They have a huge network of cameras in this community,” Barlow said. “They can watch every street.”

Serving under Jeffs, the former chief said he was asked to do things he now regrets, but he isn't willing to publicly admit all of those things yet because he is still working on an immunity deal with federal investigators.

In a deposition with the U.S. Department of Justice, Barlow stated that the marshals knew of widespread underage marriages in the community and didn’t do anything to stop it. Barlow also said he was asked by a city official to alter police reports.

In addition, when Jeffs was on the run and listed as one of the FBI’s “Most Wanted,” Barlow said he personally audio-taped conversations with law enforcement officials and then made them available to Jeffs.

“I knew it was wrong, but it was a way for me to keep my value up,” Barlow said.

Barlow said he lived in constant fear that the Jeffs could take his wife and kids away from him if he didn’t do what the prophet asked.

“With one phone call, he could call me and say, ‘yeah, you’re out,’ and I would say, ‘I’m not going,’ but then he could call [my wife] and say, ‘he had no priesthood, he has to go, you have to leave him,’” Barlow said.

He and his wife explained that it was the belief of the church that if the prophet told a wife to leave her husband and she refuses, then she has “spiritually murdered” her children.

Barlow said he witnessed the church’s power firsthand in one particular case of a family being “out” -- Ron and Ginjer Cooke, two non-church members who moved to the community. They say that for six years they were subject to a relentless campaign of spying, vandalism and the refusal of local governments to give them basic utilities, such as power, water or sewage.

“It’s like being terrorized,” Ginjer Cooke said. “You’re always on edge, ‘What’s going to happen next? What are they going to do?’ ...They are really good at driving people away. A lot of people leave.”

But the Cookes didn’t leave, Ginjer said, because they wanted to stand up and fight for their right to live there.

“I can’t let someone abuse my family like that,” she said. “You can’t teach [your kids] that it’s OK to let someone do something like that and get away with it.”

The Cookes recently won a $5.6 million lawsuit against the local government, and they now have water and power. The local government denied the harassment, but now that Barlow is out of the church, he told a different story.

“The Cookes were coming in against the wishes of the church, so if there was an opportunity to do something to either force them to leave or inconvenience them or discourage them, maybe they will go away,” he said. “They would do it, I would do it, at that time in the church, and any church member today would do it.”

Barlow insists he did sometimes use his position to try and prevent persecution against non-members, specifically in the case of Willie Jessop, the former bodyguard and spokesman for Jeffs, who very publicly quit after Jeffs confessed to marrying underage girls.

“Mine was a terrible crisis of faith,” Jessop told Nightline. “I was very passionately defending Mr. Jeffs and the community...but what I never saw coming, the shot that I got hit in the back with, was what he was doing in secrecy.”

Leaving made Jessop a deeply unpopular man within the church. In his deposition with the Department of Justice, Barlow said he prevented his officers from charging Jessop with crimes he didn’t commit.

It wasn’t only the things that he said he felt forced to do as chief, Barlow said, but it was also the increasingly arbitrary and strange rules being imposed by Jeffs that made him and his wife question the church. Rules that included eating only beans for protein, then beans were suddenly forbidden, or only being allowed to turn on the bathroom faucet with the right hand, the “clean hand,” because the left was “dirty.”

The community, the Barlows said, is forbidden from reading newspapers or watching TV. They are only given information over the pulpit, they said.

Finally, after years of doing Jeffs' bidding, Barlow decided to leave the church.

“I stopped and realized that the religion that I was trying to go to, the church I was trying to attend, was nothing like the church that I was raised in, that I was born into, that I was married in,” Barlow said. “It was entirely different...then I stopped and went, ‘why am I trying to go to a different church than I believe in? I’m done with that.’”

The Barlows and their friends have been out now for about two years, and all agree their lives are much better than they were before when they were under the church’s eye.

There are signs of hope emerging in the community, they say. A new public school, something Jeffs had once banned, has opened and now hundreds of children of former church members are getting a proper education. A new Subway restaurant opened. Property once controlled by the church is now being auctioned off. Jessop purchased one of Jeff’s compounds and turned it into the “America’s Most Wanted” bed and breakfast.

But many allege that the church still maintains control of the local governments, which town officials continue to deny.

Nightline went to a town council meeting to confront the council and ask if it was controlled by the church. There, Hildale City Council Member Carlos Jessop said, "I personally deny that. I would hope you would give us the respect of allowing each person in this room their personal beliefs. ...We are here to serve the public."

In a statement, the attorney for the local governments a denied that town officials are controlled by the church, and with regards to the former chief, Helaman Barlow, the attorney said, "We question his credibility, since he repeatedly lied under oath."

Barlow admits he has perjured himself while defending the church in the past, but insists what he is saying now is true.

Even though the community is changing, it is still very tense and very much divided. Barlow said he swings between being optimistic that the community will slowly join mainstream America and being darkly pessimistic about worst case scenarios, either through violence erupting from a church unwilling to relinquish control or from followers who feel betrayed.

“When people do wake up like we did, when people realize, ‘hey this is broke and we got tricked, this isn’t real, yet this person or these people caused me to do this much hard to my own family,’ I think you cannot underestimate the kinds of emotions and anger and violence that is possible,” he said.

Watch the full story on Nightline Tuesday night at 12:35 a.m. ET.

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Coast Guard Rescues Nine Crew Members from Tourist Pirate Ship

US Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell (GLOUCESTER, Mass.) -- The Coast Guard endured rough seas and winds to rescue nine crewmen from a disabled tourist pirate ship called Liana's Ransom that was stranded off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Watchstanders were notified at 12:35 a.m. Monday that the Canadian tall ship's engines were disabled and its sails were wrapped around the mast, according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

"It was fortunate for the crew of the vessel that the owner reached out to us," said Jay Woodhead, the command duty officer at Sector Boston's Command Center.

He added that with wind gusts up to 30 knots, it was unsafe for them to stay aboard.

As the weather "deteriorated" and seas reached nearly 10 feet, two motor lifeboat crews went 58 miles east from the coast to try to tow the vessel back to Gloucester, but once on scene, "rough sea conditions caused the tow line to break," the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard members then helped the stranded crew members get into immersion suits and abandon ship along with the assistance of a helicopter crew.

One man suffered a head injury while leaping from Liana's Ransom and was airlifted by helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital.

The rest of the men were then transferred to lifeboats, which returned to the station.

A locator beacon was left on Liana's Ransom still at sea for tracking, and it was last reported the Coast Guard was en-route to evaluate towing the ship to port.

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Email Reveals Truth About Denise Huskins Kidnapping, Lawyer Says

Mike Huskins(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The lawyer for a California woman who mysteriously disappeared -- then turned up unharmed days later -- says an email shows his client isn’t a liar but a victim, and that her kidnappers are still on the loose.

Douglas Rappaport, the attorney for Denise Huskins, said he has received a “15-page, single-spaced email” from the kidnappers.

“They talk very extensively about how they prepared for it, what weapons to use,” Rappaport said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

Rappaport said the email was sent to the San Francisco Chronicle after Huskins turned up safe Wednesday, two days after her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, reported that she was abducted from his Vallejo, California, home.

Rappaport declined to say how he got the email or show its contents, but ABC News was able to view it from another source. In the email, the group compares itself to the crew from the movie Ocean’s 11, calling themselves college-educated career criminals who only nabbed Huskins as a dry run so they could kidnap higher-profile victims in the future.

“They felt terribly when they discovered it was her, but since this was a training mission, they decided to carry it out regardless,” Rappaport said.

In the email, the kidnappers wrote that they felt so bad that they simply let Huskins go, dropping her off in her hometown of Huntington Beach, California, where they thought she would be safe.

In the days following Huskins’ appearance, Vallejo Police Lt. Kenny Park expressed concern that the kidnapping was a hoax.

“The fact that we wasted all these resources for essentially nothing is really upsetting,” Park said.

Authorities have not responded to Rappaport’s comments regarding the email. At this point, law enforcement and the FBI both remain tight-lipped about the ongoing investigation.

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Defense Begins Its Case in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

FBI(BOSTON) -- Tuesday is the first full day of defense testimony at the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

After gory details of an 8-year-old's death brought jurors to tears Monday, defense attorneys will set out to convince them it was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, who directed the attack on April 15, 2013.

So far, lawyers have presented cellphone and GPS records that suggest Dzhokhar was elsewhere when Tamerlan bought the pressure cookers and built the bombs.

The defense assumes guilt and will make its strongest arguments when trying to spare Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's life during the penalty phase.

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Hotel Partying Preceded Deadly Shooting At NSA Gate, Sources Say

@TPratt_Capital/Twitter(FORT MEADE, Md.) -- One man is dead and another severely injured after gunfire erupted Monday at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The injured man was identified as Kevin Fleming, 20, of Baltimore, according to law enforcement sources. Fleming and another man were in a stolen Ford Escape SUV when they encountered NSA police at the entrance to the Ft. Meade complex, sources said.

Shortly before 9 a.m. ET, a vehicle with two people inside "attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate," according to a statement from the NSA.

"The driver failed to obey an NSA Police officer's routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus," the statement continued. "The vehicle failed to stop and barriers were deployed."

Sources say the two inside were men dressed as women. Preliminary information indicated the two men were partying at an area hotel with a third individual when they took that individual's car without permission. However, it's still unclear how or why they ended up at the NSA gate.

The owner of the SUV picked up two men dressed as women in Baltimore late Sunday, sources confirmed. The three allegedly drove to a hotel in Howard County, Maryland, where they partied, sources said. Early this morning, the man woke up alone and the two men he allegedly had picked up were gone and so was his vehicle, sources said. The man reported his vehicle stolen to Howard County Police before the incident at the NSA, sources said.

A law enforcement source confirmed that the car that crashed at NSA was reported stolen in Howard County, Maryland.

When the vehicle "accelerated toward an NSA police car blocking the road" and "refused to stop," an NSA police officer opened fire, and one of the two men inside the "unauthorized vehicle" ended up dead, the NSA statement said. The other man in the vehicle was "severely injured” and taken to a local hospital, according to sources.

An NSA Police officer injured in the incident was also taken to the hospital.

“The incident has been contained and is under investigation,” Colonel Brian Foley, Fort Meade garrison commander, said in a statement. “The residents, service members and civilian employees on the installation are safe. We continue to remain vigilant at all of our access control points."

The FBI said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism.


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Missing Minnesota Sorority Sister Went Into River From Bridge, Cops Say

Minneapolis Police Department(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Police searching for a missing University of Minnesota student said they have found video showing the young woman going into the Mississippi River from a bridge.

Jennifer Houle, 22, was last seen Friday at a bar in the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., the Minneapolis Police Department said.

The video shows her alone on the 10th Avenue Bridge on Friday morning and then going into the river, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has been asked to help the MPD with a water recovery effort, and no suspects are being sought, he said.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the Houle family and all of Jennifer's many friends," the MPD said in a statement. "The Minneapolis Police Department and the family of Jennifer Houle wish to thank the many people who provided support, assistance, and information since Jennifer's disappearance. The Houle family has requested privacy at this difficult time."

Friends said they thought Houle left the bar to walk home. Police said they found her purse and her phone in the middle of the street near her apartment building, just an hour and a half after she was last seen at the bar.

Houle is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, and her chapter posted on Facebook Saturday: "We need all the help we can get to find this warm-hearted, beautiful person."

"She's an amazing sister and friend to all of us," said Madeline Eddy. "She's very involved."

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Pennsylvania Man Killed by Falling Headstone While Decorating Grave for Easter

YourNikonMan/iStock/Thinkstock(THROOP, Pa.) -- A Pennsylvania man was killed Monday morning after the gravestone he was decorating for Easter fell on top of him.

Stephen Woytack, 74, was hanging a cross on his mother-in-law’s headstone at the Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Throop, Pennsylvania, when the stone fell on him, according to a report by ABC News affiliate WNEP-TV.

The cemetery’s caretaker, Ed Kubilus, told the television station that Woytack’s wife came to him looking for help.

“She came running up, ‘Help me, the stone fell on Stephen!'” Kubilus said.

Kubilus added that it’s not uncommon for gravestones to shift, as warmer temperatures thaw the ground in spring.

“I’ve come over and saw six stones fall from the winter. Winter, and the ground gets soft and the stones fall over and you have somebody come and pick them up,” Kubilus told WNEP-TV.

Local police told WNEP-TV they believe the incident was a “horrible” accident.

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Prosecution Rests in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

FBI(BOSTON) -- The government on Monday rested its case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after teary-eyed jurors heard grueling, heartbreaking testimony about the bombing's youngest victim, 8-year-old Martin Richard.

Richard was 4 ft. 5 in. tall and just under 70 lbs. when he was killed in the Boston Marathon attacks on April 15, 2013, Chief Medical Examiner Henry Nields testified. The entire length of his small body was blasted with small nails, tiny pieces of black plastic, round metal pellets, small fragments of wood, segments of black plastic, and metal pieces of the bomb allegedly detonated by Tsarnaev in front of the Forum restaurant, Nields said.

Jurors saw the damage done to his clothing: a charred long-sleeve Boston Celtics jersey, its sleeves tattered, large holes throughout and stained stiff with blood. Under that, Richard wore a short-sleeve New England Patriots t-shirt, which was ripped apart and bloody. Nields said he recovered a shred of metal under that shirt -- lodged there as it exited his body. His black hooded jacket was stained and ripped.

Nields could not determine whether he was wearing pants or shorts because the fabric had completely melted.

Along with the clothing held up in court was a belt, which had been used as a tourniquet around Richard’s left arm, and his Nike sneakers.

Richard’s small intestine was eviscerated, part of his liver and pancreas were cut off. He suffered a "near complete transection of the abdominal aorta,” Nields testified. In addition, “he had shredding on his left adrenal gland.” He had third degree burns on his body, which was ruined with debris packed into the pressure cooker bomb.

Six small nails were pulled from his body. Jurors saw a photo of those terrorist tools, along with evidence of the cloth, Styrofoam, plastic and other items removed during the autopsy.

Was the child’s death painful? “Yes,” Dr. Nields testified.

If any juror tried to block out what they were listening to, it became impossible when they were forced to look at the autopsy photos. At least six female jurors cried during the testimony and two male jurors had shocked looks on their face. Other jurors simply glanced down at their monitors where the images were published then quickly looked away.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested his face on his left fist and looked down for most of the testimony.

On the other side of court, Bill Richard, Martin's father, sat holding his wife with his eyes closed.

In a still image from just before the blasts, Martin Richard is seen standing on a metal barrier watching the race. Prosecutors say Tsarnaev can be seen in the same image, just feet away, dropping a backpack containing the explosives.

Earlier in the trial, Bill Richard took the stand and described what he saw after the blasts.

“I saw a little boy who had his body severely damaged by an explosion,” Bill Richard told the jury flatly. “I just knew from what I saw there was no chance.”

In addition to Martin Richard, two other people -- 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and 23-year-old Lingzi Lu -- were killed in the attack and some 260 others injured.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to the bombing. His defense has admitted to his role in it, however, and has argued he only took part because he was under the influence of his older brother and alleged co-conspirator Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a police shootout three days after the blasts.


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Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee Cites Infidelity, Describes Moving Mystery Box

ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- Aaron Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, told the jury at his murder trial in Fall River, Massachusetts, Monday that Hernandez instructed her to remove a mystery box from their home -- a home they continued to share, she added, despite her suspicions he had been unfaithful to her.

Hernandez told her to "go downstairs in our storage and remove a box from our home" on the afternoon after Odin Lloyd was killed, Jenkins testified, and she described how she disposed of it, ultimately dumping it in a "random dumpster."

Hernandez, 25, is on trial for Lloyd's murder and has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors believe the box may have contained the murder weapon, which has never been found, or other evidence.

Jenkins, 25, cried on the stand during talk of Hernandez's possible infidelity. She said she saw suspicious phone messages and stayed at a location away from their home for a few weeks.

Ultimately, she added, the couple decided to work through their problems and continue the relationship. Jenkins said her definition of infidelity includes sexual intercourse, and she wasn't sure that happened.

Hernandez, a former New England Patriots football player, is accused of orchestrating Lloyd's slaying June 17, 2013. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd from his house and brought him to an industrial park near the Patriots' Gillette Stadium.

Surveillance video played for the jury Monday showed Jenkins going into the basement. Video previously played for the jury showed Jenkins removing a garbage bag from their home with what appeared to be a box inside.

"Did he indicate what was in the box?" prosecutor Patrick Bomberg asked Jenkins on Monday.

"No," she answered. She added, "His tone, I believe, was normal," but she recalled him saying moving the box was "important."

Jenkins said the box was not sealed, and contained smaller boxes with cardboard on top of them. She said she put the box "in a trash bag" with her baby daughter's clothing "so nothing was exposed."

"I wasn't necessarily hiding it," she said. "It was just natural instinct."

Jenkins said Hernandez did not talk about the contents of the box and she did not ask.

Later, under cross-examination by Hernandez's lawyer, Jenkins said the box had a "skunky smell," and she suspected it might contain marijuana.

Jenkins estimated that the bag with the box in it weighed about 35 or 40 pounds. Surveillance video played in court showed Jenkins putting the bag in the trunk of a car and driving away. She testified she disposed of the box in a trash bin, but doesn't recall where.

"I found a random dumpster," she said.

She added she was nervous about "everything going on."

Jenkins was granted immunity in February.

Jenkins and Hernandez were high school sweethearts and have a 2-year-old daughter together.

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Missing Calif. College Soccer Player Found Dead

KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- A missing California college student has been found dead, the victim of a traffic accident, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The University of California-Berkeley student, Eloi Vasquez, 19, was visiting friends at the University of Southern California when he was last heard from early Saturday morning.

"Earlier today the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit learned that the California Highway Patrol conducted an investigation of a tragic traffic collision that took place on the Eastbound 10 Freeway on Saturday, March 28th around 2:25 a.m. During the investigation, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed that the pedestrian struck on the freeway was unfortunately our Missing Person, Mr. Eloi Vasquez," LAPD said in a statement.

Vasquez, who played on his school's soccer team, went to a party at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity with friends but told them that he wanted to go for a walk at around 1:30 a.m., ABC News station KABC-TV reports.

According to KABC-TV, he was last heard from less than an hour later, when he reportedly called a friend saying that he was at the beach and having trouble.

"He is a star athlete, a responsible student, and we are a tight-knit family," his mother Wendy Margolin earlier told ABC News. "This is not normal behavior."

Friends tried to call him later Saturday morning and his phone was either dead or had been turned off.

The family doubled their reward offering to $100,000 on Monday in hopes that it would lead to his discovery.

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NASCAR Investigating Whether Race Teams Tampered with Tires

File photo. John Harrelson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NASCAR officials are investigating whether race teams tampered with tires using a technique called “bleeding” to gain an improper advantage.

Officials seized tires from eight teams following the last two races, including tires from Kurt Busch and Joey Logano.

“Bleeding” involves poking miniscule holes in the tires to slowly release air, improving tire durability and helping drivers get an ideal grip on the track. NASCAR officials confiscated the wheels of Logano and Kevin Harvick two weeks ago, and those tires did not show evidence of “bleeding.”

NASCAR is still awaiting results from the latest eight tests. ABC News attempted to contact all of the crews involved in the investigation, but those efforts were unsuccessful. If caught cheating, drivers could face as much as a $125,000 fine and a six-race suspension.

Some drivers, including Denny Hamlin, say those penalties don’t go far enough.

“If it’s out there and they know about it, you should be gone forever,” Hamlin said. “If they find [impropriety] multiple times with somebody, they should have a permanent vacation somewhere.”

NASCAR officials told ABC News that the tire inspections are frequently performed and not unusual, but normally these measures don’t receive such widespread attention. Jeff Gordon is concerned by the recent investigations.

“I've heard a lot of things with valve caps and poking holes in tires for years. But I've never seen it done. I've never had proof that it was done,” Gordon said. "So it's very interesting to me that NASCAR is investigating this further."


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Yawning, Whistling Might Get You Flagged at Airport Security

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Excessive yawning, whistling and too much laughter could possibly find you detained by airport security agents for further questioning, according to a recently released list.

The SPOT Referral Report, which stands for "Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques," was obtained a week ago by The Intercept, which claims the unclassified report is a "closely held" Transportation Security Administration (TSA) document detailing what Behavior Detection Officers look for when observing suspicious travelers and possible terrorists at the nation's airports.

Actions appearing on the 92-point checklist featured on The Intercept were divided into categories such as "stress factors," "fear factors" and "signs of deception," and ranged from "appears to be in disguise" and "face pale from recent shaving of beard" to "excessive yawning," "excessive throat clearing" and "gazing down."

TSA would neither confirm or deny to ABC News whether the specific indicators listed in the leaked report are used by officials or other parts of the administration. But a spokesperson did acknowledge that it does use behavior detection and analysis.

"Behavior detection, which is just one element of the TSA's efforts to mitigate threats against the traveling public, is vital to TSA’s layered approach to deter, detect and disrupt individuals who pose a threat to aviation," said a TSA spokesperson.

Detractors of the SPOT practice contend that many of the behaviors listed on the report are no different from how regular travelers appear when passing through airport security.

Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently sued the TSA for not releasing SPOT documents, saying the program encourages racial-profiling.

“What we know about SPOT suggests it wastes taxpayer money, leads to racial profiling, and should be scrapped,” Hugh Handeyside, staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. “The TSA has insisted on keeping documents about SPOT secret, but the agency can’t hide the fact that there’s no evidence the program works. The discriminatory racial profiling that SPOT has apparently led to only reinforces that the public needs to know more about how this program is used and with what consequences for Americans’ rights.”

But the TSA defended its program in a statement to ABC News.

“Terrorists have used a variety of items and ways to attempt to inflict harm to aircraft -- everything from shoes to liquids -- but consistent across all methods of attack is the malicious intent of the actor," said a TSA spokesperson. "Looking for suspicious behavior is a common sense approach used by law enforcement and security personnel across the country and the world, that focuses on those behavioral indicators, rather than items, and when used in combination with other security layers helps mitigate a variety of threats."

But normal individuals with "strong body odor," "trembling hands," "protruding neck arteries" or exhibiting other factors noted on the report shouldn't have cause for immediate worry, cautioned the administration.

"No single behavior alone will cause a traveler to be referred to additional screening or will result in a call to a law enforcement officer," the TSA spokesperson said, adding, "Officers are trained and audited to ensure referrals for additional screening are based only on observable behaviors and not race or ethnicity.”

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