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>> "world news now" is coming up next. i'm the breaking news tonight. the boston bombing trial, now in the hands of the jury at this hour. the dramatic final moments. a packed courtroom. should the alleged bomber's life be spared or should he face the death penalty? also breaking tonight, the carbon monoxide horror. authorities on the scene right now. eight people discovered in a family home. the deadly police shootout now under the microscope. the officer allegedly firing 49 shots. 15 into this windshield. the man and woman inside unarmed. the family poisoned while on vacation. their two boys in critical condition. authorities tonight on what was used at that resort. and the busted brackets across america. and tonight, right here, the numbers guy who has one team winning by one.
good evening. we have several breaking stories this monday night. and we begin in boston, where the fate of accused bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev is tonight in the hands of the jury. a dramatic day in court. closing arguments ending late today. prosecutors delivering their final blow. before a packed courtroom. showing jurors what they discovered in his bedroom. that jihadi flag. prosecutors playing what they say is the jihadi music tsarnaev liked. making the case that he wanted to, quote, punish america and bring terror to main street usa. his own defense team acknowledging early on, it was him. but in an effort to save his life, arguing in the end it was his older brother, there on the left, who was the true mastermind. abc's tom llamas leading us off in boston tonight. >> reporter: these are the images the prosecution wants the jury to remember. the horror in the moments after the marathon bombing. what they call dzhokhar tsarnaev's plan to punish america. in their closing arguments,
today showing this image, the richard family, standing on the sidelines. 8-year-old martin, his smiling mother, and just behind that tree, tsarnaev. waiting to plant the bomb that would end martin's life. "these children weren't innocent to him," the prosecutor said, "they were american." the jury also saw this picture. dzhokhar tsarnaev in front of a jihadi flag. prosecutors playing this so-called jihadi music, insisting the tsarnaev brothers felt they were soldiers. dzhokhar, they say, a full partner in the plot. pointing to his casual behavior. buying milk moments after the attack. and to the words carved inside the boat where he hid. "stop killing our innocent people and we will stop." tsarnaev's attorney today walking the fine line she had throughout the trial. trying to save her client from the death penalty, while freely admitting he took part in the bombings. "there is no excuse," she said, "planting bombs was a senseless act." but trying to convince the jury
it was tamerlan tsarnaev's plan all along. noting that his fingerprints, not his younger brother's, were found on supposed bomb-making materials and this pressure cooker lid. "we don't deny that dzhokhar fully participated in the events," she said, "but if not for tamerlan, it would not have happened." david, the courtroom was packed today. many victims were there, including the parents of little martin richard. the jury, made up of seven women and five men, start deliberating first thing tomorrow morning. david? >> tom llamas leading us off tonight from boston. tom, thank you. and we move on this evening to that explosive "rolling stone" article. in it, a young woman alleging she was the victim of gang rape at uva. tonight, a scathing analysis finding "rolling stone"'s reporting failed on every level. you'll remember the massive protests, the backlash against greek life. tonight, the fraternity at the center of the scandal is taking legal action now. and what the magazine this evening is now saying about the alleged victim. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: in "rolling stone"'s article, this was a house of horrors, phi kappa psi, where jackie, a uva student attending a party, was gang
raped by a bunch of frat boys. or so she claimed. >> we have no evidence that supports those assertions. >> reporter: today, "rolling stone" retracted the story. the reporter apologizing to readers, to uva and to victims of sexual assault. but not to phi kappa psi, now threatening to sue, saying, "clearly our fraternity and its members have been defamed." today, columbia's journalism school released a blistering investigation, commissioned by "rolling stone." it details a series of failures. among them, the magazine failed to contact jackie's alleged attackers or some of her friends, who are cited in the story. those friends later spoke to abc news. >> you know, the whole conversation that's described in the article absolutely never happened. >> reporter: police aren't ruling out something awful may have happened to jackie. still, "rolling stone" is not firing the reporter or her editors. instead, publisher jan wenner appeared to blame jackie,
calling her "a really expert fabulist storyteller." but columbia's dean disagrees. >> we do disagree with any suggestion that this was jackie's fault. >> reporter: so, who fault is it, ultimately? >> the reporter. her editor. the editor's boss. and the fact-checking department all contributed to this failure. >> reporter: at stake in all this, david, not just "rolling stone"'s reputation, but also the willingness of other sexual assault survivors to come forward. "rolling stone"'s bombshell backfired. david? >> david wright here in new york. david, thank you. and now to that breaking headline out of maryland tonight. eight people found dead inside a family home. authorities say seven of them children. officials now suspect carbon monoxide, and abc's senior national correspondent jim avila with the phone call that signaled something was wrong. >> reporter: it started as a missing persons report. this morning, a concerned citizen called police in princess ann, maryland, to say a coworker had not shown up. police saw no problems at the
house, but went inside to find the adult was dead and the farther they walked in, the worse it got. hey discovered a total of eight deceased people. one adult male and six juveniles. >> reporter: seven children, ages 6 to 16, also dead. apparent victims of the silent killer with no smell or taste, carbon monoxide gas. >> it's a tragic incident. and it happens all too often. >> reporter: more than 400 deaths, 20,000 injuries every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning, says the centers for disease control. from a restaurant in long island in new york, where the manager died in the basement, and 27 workers and customers were treated with headaches and dizziness, to a motel in north carolina, where a rusty pipe poured the deadly gas into hotel rooms, killing two guests. only about half the states in the u.s. require these detectors. they cost as little as $15.
tonight, police report the home where the bodies were found had no electricity and a gas generator was being used for heat. david? >> all right, jim avila tonight. jim, thank you. now, to the terror threat here at home. american women recruited online by other women to join isis. and video we've never seen before. the fbi says women like this mother of two, just charged with plotting a terror attack, images from inside her home tonight. and this evening, her own family now speaking out, saying she was set up. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> my name is noelle amtu shahid and i am from the united states of america. >> reporter: this is the woman the fbi says wanted to attack the united states of america. in this online video, she seems hardly threatening, praising a homeless shelter that once took her in. >> it was a turning point in my life. >> reporter: but the fbi said she had a secret life at her home in this new york city neighborhood. and today, abc news discovered she apparently was part of a
social media pipeline for young american muslim women. >> women are recruiting women. and once it's clear someone is a potential recruit, it goes on to more private communication channels. >> reporter: after her arrest last week with a friend, both on terror charges, others in that female online community sent warnings that the fbi was onto the woman they called sis. "hey, did you hear sis got picked up by the kufar," one wrote. meaning the infidels. "not her," said another. "uh-huh," was the response. "delete her from your phone." in new york, her husband described her at a devoted mother of their two children, with pictures on the refrigerator. he told local station new york 1 she was set up by the fbi. >> they are saying a lot of other things that just don't add up. >> reporter: but federal agents say the two new york women are just the latest in a growing list of american muslim women who have been successfully recruited by other women to join
isis and al qaeda. most of the women had been recruited to go overseas and become the wives of jihadi fighters and bear their children. the fbi says the two women arrested in new york wanted to stay home and wage war against their own country, david. >> brian ross tonight. brian, thank you. and now, to the west and that drought emergency in california. this evening, some relief on the way, but hardly enough. a spring storm packing drenching rain, even snow amid historic state-wide water restrictions. families told to reduce water use by 25%. these images from lake orville, california, that marina in 2011. look at the bay now. and the water beneath this bridge now virtually gone. so, let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee, who has been tracking this, and this storm, unfortunately, is just simply not enough. >> reporter: right. it is a help. every little bit helps. but we need a major pattern shift to make this drought go away and that's not going to help. look at this. the california drought for san francisco alone. four-year deficit in rain. almost 33 inches. david, you would need a storm
like the one we're about to get for 50 days in a row to even get the rain deficit, but that's not going to change the snow pack and it is not going to change the drought. the quality and quantity of weather an issue, and the water. now, you're looking at the severe weather that same storm is going to cause from parts of texas up through iowa. i think the tornado threat is high, central kansas through oklahoma. >> danger midweek. all right, ginger zee tonight, thank you. we turn now to cleveland. the police officer on trial, a chase and a deadly shootout, now under the microscope. this officer telling officials he does not recall jumping on the hood of the car, allegedly firing 49 shots, 15 into this windshield. an unarmed man and woman inside. they did not survive. abc's steve osunsami on what the police officer is saying tonight. >> the evidence will show that there are good police officers who lost their way that night. >> reporter: tonight in cleveland, what critics of law enforcement say they don't see enough. the prosecution of a police officer accused of going too far. 31-year-old michael brelo admits
he stood on the roof of a car, at the end of a high speed police chase, firing 15 times through this windshield in november of 2012. killing 43-year-old timothy russell and 30-year-old melissa williams. he's charged with voluntary manslaughter and is pleading not guilty. >> i have never been so afraid in my life. >> reporter: the former marine fought back tears, explaining himself to investigators. >> i thought my partner and i would be shot and we were going to be killed. i drew my weapon and i shot through the windshield. >> reporter: but the victims, who certainly had a record, did not have a gun. take a look at this re-enactment, produced by prosecutors, who added the real-time police radio. more than 100 officers were chasing in 60 vehicles and fired more than 100 times before brelo started shooting into the windshield. more than a dozen officers will be forced to testify and the prosecutor says they are already fighting him, refusing to cooperate and protecting one of their own. david? >> steve osunsami tonight.
steve, thank you. and around the world tonight, to syria, where this evening, palestinian refugees are under siege. these images reportedly showing isis militants storming their camp outside damascus. by air, the syrian air force now launching rockets, dropping barrel bombs. these images of the aftermath. no food, water or medicine able to reach the refugees. tonight, u.n. officials calling the conditions, quote, beyond inhumane. and to kenya tonight, new images of the aftermath in that massacre at a college campus late last week. bullet holes in that building, shattered glass. tonight, kenya retaliating against the terror group that claimed responsibility, al shabab, dropping bombs on two al shabab camps across the border in somalia. tonight, back here at home and to a big development in that road rage incident in houston. the young woman shot in the head on her way to work, calling 911, not realizing she'd been shot as he drifted in and out of consciousness. this evening, now word of an arrest, and abc's ryan owens from texas. >> this is where it happened. this is where he cut me off. >> reporter: it took a few
weeks, but tonight, road rage victim kay hafford finally has some relief. >> this is where i heard the boom. >> reporter: something she couldn't say when she drove with us to the very spot on a houston interstate where she was shot in the head, just days before. >> i don't know how i did it, but i pulled over here. >> reporter: hafford helped police come up with this composite sketch of the driver she says she honked at before he pulled out a gun from his white suv and shot her. today, police found this white suv at a houston apartment. they also confiscated a gun and arrested 22-year-old diedrick evans. tonight, he's charged with aggravated assault. have you forgiven the man who did this to you? >> i forgave him right away. when i looked in his eyes, i knew there was something wrong with him. he needs to be off the streets. >> reporter: tonight, police believe he is, and that houston drivers are safer, including this one who nearly lost her life. >> his mission, although it was to kill me and i'm still living, i know that's killing him. >> reporter: ryan owens, abc news, dallas. >> ryan, thank you.
and we're going to turn now to the big event on the way this evening, march madness. believe it or not, coming to an end. the last dance. that showdown between duke and wisconsin. for millions, a battle no one saw coming. if your brackets are busted, you're not alone. so, tonight here, we asked the experts, who really has the edge going into this evening? abc's alex perez. >> reporter: david, the excitement is in the air. wisconsin facing off against duke right here on the court. now, there are two key players to keep your eyes on tonight. the men some are calling possibly the best players in college basketball this season. badgers senior frank "the tank" kaminsky and blue devils freshman jahlil okafor. both are centers, both almost the exact same height and both expected to be top nba picks. and about those brackets. 11.5 million filled out, but only 4.4% correctly selected duke and wisconsin for the championship. now, to give you an idea of just how contested this game is, our friends over at espn and 538 favoring wisconsin by just one point. so tight, they're calling this a coin toss game. david? >> one-point game. we'll see. alex perez tonight.
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finally tonight here, america strong. a 9-year-old girl who had an idea and she just had to write the president about it. it got her an invite to the white house, with some unexpected guests, too. the president was reading "where the wild things are." they were screaming about something else. >> oh, no, it's a bee. >> oh, it's a bee, the president said. he kept going. even looking to his team. but somewhere in that crowd was someone else. braving the bees, and brave enough to do something else. the reason she was at the white house was this letter. 9-year-old sophia, from massachusetts. "dear mr. president -- i'm writing to know why there aren't many women on the dollars coins for the united states. i think there should be more women on the dollar coin for the united states, because if there were no women, there wouldn't be men." she goes on to say, "please write back -- sophia." she even provided a list. among the names, rosa parks,
eleanor roosevelt, michelle obama. she heard back. "dear sophia -- the women you listed and drew make up an impressive group. and i must say, you're pretty impressive, too. sincerely -- barack obama." what did she get? an invitation to the easter egg roll. and reporting in today with her brother -- >> hi, david. i'm sophia. this is my brother, cole. >> i'm so proud of my sister. >> sophia, still waiting. >> i really hope we can get a woman on the $20 bill. >> hoping to get a woman on the $20 bill. sophia with a bright idea for our $20 bills. in the meantime, i'm david muir. thanks for watching here on a monday night. and i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night. tonight preparations for an april rain storm how much rain will fall and when it will hit. >> how much drought relief will we get from the storm? tonight, one aspect of the shortage that is
hidden from view. >> a north bay woman claims her coach molested her and why she's reliving it, 30 years later. >> get ready for a last blast of winter. this is how one crew is preparing, trimming trees that could be vulnerable and a wet, windy storm still on the way. >> it's going to be the first significant rainfall to hit since february 6, 2 months ago. let's turn to spencer christian. >> here is live doppler 7 hd image. you can see stormy weather h. we've got pockets of moisture moving through now as well. the circulation around the system is bringing up moisture
from the southwest but the storm is descending from northwest. there are winter storm warnings in effect for the mountains areas north of clear lake and ring from 8:00 prime minister tonight until 6:00 prime minister tomorrow. winter storm warnings from 3:00 to midnight tomorrow night. it's going to be quite a bit of snow falling in the sierra with this storm. we'll rerain pushing more wide spread by 1:00 a.m wide spread rain and a stormier system with a possibility of thunderstorms and morning commutes will start off with a system moving into the bay area, it's likely to be a slow one. >> winds are kicking up in the north bay. today, people there were getting ready for a storm by cutting tree limbs and branchs in danger of