Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, prime suspect in the Boston Marathon explosion, will be produced in court on Tuesday for the next stage of the trial. The court will give its final judgement as to whether the convict will be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty for the terror attack of 2013, which killed three people and wounded around 264.
The prosecutor will try to convince 12 jurors that they have enough evidence to prove that the Boston bomber is responsible for carrying out the deadly attack, while the defense lawyer will argue that the accused teenager had committed the crime under the sway of his elder brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was shot dead by police during the incident.
“I think we’ll hear a lot more from the defense about who the defendant is, his young age, what is life has been like, what his relationship with his brother was,” said University of New Hampshire professor Albert Scherr when asked about the possible death penalty, as per the AFP.
On Friday, the parents of the youngest victim, Martin Richard, aged 8, issued an open letter opposing the decision of death penalty for Tsarnaev, who was just a teenager when he carried out the terror attack.
“We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives,” parents Bill and Denise Richard wrote in The Boston Globe.
The family wants the convict to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
Federal prosecutor Carmen Ortiz said she regularly spoke to the victims’ family, including Denise.
“I care deeply about their views and the views of the other victims and survivors,” she said.
“As the case moves forward we will continue to do all we can to protect and vindicate those injured and those who have passed away.”
Twelve jurors in Boston were selected to decide the fate of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.