Deliberations for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who along with his brother Tamerlan is responsible for the 2013 Boston bombings, will begin on Tuesday. Dzhokhar faces either life imprisonment or death penalty.
While prosecutors argued that the two brothers worked as a single terrorist unit, Dzhokhar’s defense attempted to persuade jurors that he was merely an accomplice.
According to CNN, assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty said, “The defendant brought terrorism into the backyards and main streets.”
“The defendant thought that his values were more important than the people around him. He wanted to awake the mujahideen, the holy warriors, so he chose Patriots Day, Marathon Monday.”
Of the 30 counts Dzhokhar has been charged with in connection with the Boston twin bombings and the crimes in the following four-day manhunt, 17 of them sees him facing death penalty or life imprisonment.
The Tsarnaev brothers are responsible for the attacks that occurred during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, which claimed the lives of three people and left more than 260 injured. Among the victims, 15 lost their limbs.
Dzhokhar is also accused of killing Sean Collier, MIT security officer, on April 18, 2013. He ran over Tamerlan, killing him while fleeing in a stolen Mercedes SUV.
Throughout the testimony, which began on March 4, the prosecutors presented 92 witnesses; the defense, however, called only four. The focus of the defense right from the start has been to dissuade jurors from believing that Dzhokhar had an equal role in planning and executing the attacks.
According to BBC, Judy Clarke, the lead defense lawyer, said, “Tamerlan built the bombs, Tamerlan murdered officer Collier, Tamerlan led and Dzhokhar followed.”
“We don’t deny that Dzhokhar fully participated in the events, but if not for Tamerlan, it would not have happened.”
If found guilty, Dzhokhar will appear in a new trial to decide whether he should be charged with death penalty or sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
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