Life or death for Tsarnaev? Jury now deciding

For death penalty to happen, decision must be unanimous

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial didn’t deliberate for long on Thursday before they needed some guidance from the judge and lawyers. They must decide whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty for the 2013 attack, or whether he should receive life in prison.

Jurors got the case Wednesday afternoon, after closing arguments wrapped-up. The prosecution said that Tsarnaev is a “remorse-free” terrorist who intended to kill innocent people, while the defense says he is sorry for what he did, and deserves a chance at redemption.

Prosecutors said in their closing arguments Wednesday that Tsarnaev intended to inflict pain and death as a political statement against U.S. wars in Muslim countries.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers say that his radicalized older brother, Tamerlan, led him down the path to terrorism. They said that if it was not for Tamerlan, the bombings would not have happened.

Three people were killed, and more than 260 were injured when pressure cooker bombs exploded near the Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. Tsarnaev was also convicted of murder in the killing of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who died during the manhunt for the brothers.

In order for Tsarnaev to receive a death sentence, the jury would need to agree unanimously. Just one juror voting no would result in a sentence of life imprisonment.

Click here to read the form jurors are working with as they determine Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s fate.

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