Jurors continue deliberations in Tsarnaev trial penalty phase

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

BOSTON (WWLP) – There is still no decision from jurors, as they deliberate for a third day (and second full day) in the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Jurors got an early start Friday morning, beginning their deliberations around 8:30 A.M.

It’s hard to tell exactly how long jurors deliberated on Thursday, because it took about two hours or so just for lawyers and Judge George O’Toole to go back and forth clarifying some wording that was causing confusion for jurors. They were caught on some questions dealing with intent, and asked if they should be considering Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as acting as an aider or abettor. The judge asked them to focus on Tsarnaev’s actions and intent only.

There’s no way of knowing how long these deliberations will take. Jurors deliberated for twelve hours over two days to find Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts. Seventeen of those counts carry the death penalty, but that punishment requires a unanimous 12-person vote. So if one juror holds out on the death penalty for any one of those seventeen charges, it could draw out this process and Tsarnaev might ultimately be sent to prison for life.

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