The Boston Bombing Verdict Is In, And Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Guilty — UPDATE
After seven weeks of emotional testimony, jurors found Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 charges relating to his role in the 2013 attack that left three people dead and injured 264 others. The trial will now proceed to the "penalty phase," possibly as early as next week, and the same 12 jurors will once again be presented with evidence to determine whether Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. There is no other option.
The jury deliberated for less than two days before announcing its verdict to the judge. Tsarnaev was accused and convicted of 30 criminal counts in total, which included charges related to the detonation of two pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the April 15, 2013, marathon. Tsarnaev was also charged and convicted of killing of MIT security officer Sean Collier as well as a car-jacking and robbery that took place during a massive manhunt in the days following the attack.
During the trial, prosecutors described Tsarnaev as a believer of radical jihadism who sought to retaliate against what he saw as harmful actions carried out by the United States against Muslims. For two weeks, the prosecution team called 92 witnesses to testify against Tsarnaev and recount harrowing details from the attack. Defense lawyer Judith Clarke acknowledged Tsarnaev's responsibility for the attack but argued her client's brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was the leader of the attack.
Tamerlan, 26, died four days after the bombing, when his brother ran him over with a car during a shootout with police.