I’m a bit late with this news, but for those who missed it, yet another one of Jahar’s friends, Stephen Silva, has been arrested. Silva faces drug and gun possession charges. Please be praying for him, primarily for him to come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Like the previous arrest (that of Khairullozhon Matanov), this one has possible implications on Jahar’s trial. From ABC News:
…In addition to charges related to alleged heroin dealing, the Eritrea native “knowingly received and possessed a firearm…a Ruger model P95 9 mm pistol, which had the importer’s and manufacturer’s serial number removed, obliterated, and altered,” according to court documents obtained by ABC News…
Law enforcement sources said that gun was the same as the Ruger P95 described in other court documents as used by Tamerlan Tsarneav, Dzhokhar’s older brother, in a gun battle with police three days after the marathon bombing in April 2013…
Hours before the police engaged the brothers, the same gun was also allegedly used in the murder of MIT security officer Sean Collier.
Defense attorneys for Dzhokhar have filed papers and have said in open court that Tamerlan was the architect of the marathon attacks that left three dead, 260 wounded, and that Dzhokhar came under the “stronger influence of his older brother.”
However, a high-ranking law enforcement official said that while Tamerlan may have used the Ruger last, it was Dzhokhar who was friends with Silva and in the end, “it was Dzhokhar’s gun.”
“The defense is trying to paint Tamerlan as the mastermind [of the Boston attacks], but they were working in concert and we have evidence that Dzhokhar secured the weapon,” the official said.
This might not bode well when it comes to the sentencing phase of the trial, if Jahar is found guilty. The defense will be trying to use the argument that Tamerlan was the mastermind and Jahar a follower as a mitigating factor to avoid the death penalty. But here is yet another piece of information that could hinder that argument.
Pray for God’s hand over Jahar’s trial, that He would providentially orchestrate whatever circumstances are needed for Jahar to come to faith in Christ—even if that means him being sentenced to death.