Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the Boston Marathon bombing. Photo / supplied
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted in the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
one of the most closely watched trials in recent U.S. history, a
federal jury found Tsarnaev guilty Wednesday in the 2013 terror attack
that killed three people and wounded more than 260. He kept his hands
folded in front of him and looked down at the defense table as the
guilty verdicts were read.
The jury will now decide whether the 21-year-old former student should be sentenced to death or receive life in prison.
Tsarnaev is an ethnic Chechen who moved to the U.S. with his family about a decade before the bombings.
conviction was widely expected, given his lawyer’s startling admission
during opening statements that he took part in the bombing. But the
lawyer also argued that Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, 26,
masterminded the attack and enlisted his then-19-year-old brother to
Prosecutors portrayed the brothers as full partners in a plan to retaliate against the U.S. for its wars in Muslim countries.
allege that the conspiracy between the Tsarnaev brothers began in
February 2013 – two months before the marathon bombings – and continued
through April 19, 2013, when Dzhokhar was captured. They say the
conspiracy covered the bombings, an MIT security officer’s death and a
firefight the Tsarnaevs had with police in Watertown. Tamerlan was
killed during the gunbattle.
Prosecutors used their closing to
remind the jury of the horror of that day, showing photographs and video
of the carnage and chaos after the shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker
bombs exploded. In one video, jurors could hear the agonizing screams of
Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager who bled to death on
the sidewalk. Another woman and an 8-year-old boy also were killed.
prosecutor told the jury that Tsarnaev made a coldblooded decision
aimed at punishing America for its wars in Muslim countries.