Boston bomber convicted

Added On April 9, 2015


Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may face the death penalty after a jury on Wednesday convicted him of all 30 charges, including 17 counts that called for execution.
The jury will now decide whether Tsarnaev should be executed.
The deadly bombing, the worst attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, killed three people and wounded 260 bystanders.
A federal jury in Boston on Wednesday found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 counts related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing attacks and the ensuing killing of a police officer when he was on the run.
His defense team focused on convincing the jurors that he was under the influence of his dominant older brother, a defense tactic that was designed not to win the trial, but to avoid the death penalty. 
In her 50-minute closing argument, the leading defense lawyer Judy Clarke repeatedly referred to the fact that Tsarnaev was 19 and his older brother was 26 when the attacks happened in 2013, and called Tsarnaev "a teenager."
Because death penalty is involved as possible punishment in 17 counts of the 30 counts, the trial will then move to the next phase where the same jury will weigh whether Tsarnaev should be executed or serve life sentence in prison.
Date of penalty phase for Tsarnaev trial was not set yet.
Tsarnaev, a Kyrgyzstan-born U.S. citizen, was 19 when carried out a twin deadly bombings with his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev at the crowded finishing line at the signature event of Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in confrontation with the police.