As the jury in the Boston Marathon bomber’s trial begins its first full day of deliberations in the punishment phase Thursday, they’ll be filling out a very long, complicated form on their way to a decision.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are making a case for life in prison or the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in their closing arguments.
The two sides will return on Wednesday to give closing arguments, after which the federal jury will decide whether Tsarnaev should get a death sentence or life in prison.
The attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev want Sister Helen Prejean, the nun and anti-death penalty advocate made famous in the movie “Dead Man Walking,” to testify.
Elmirza Khozhugov, the former husband of Tsarnaev’s sister Ailina Tsarnaeva, testified on live video for the defense from the U.S. Embassy in Almaty.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s father was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, a psychiatrist testified Tuesday.
For the first time, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and appeared to cry as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday.
A key witness and former FBI special agent in the Whitey Bulger case has been arrested for perjury.
A lawyer for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev urged a jury to spare his client’s life, saying there is no punishment that he can get that would be equal to the suffering of the victims.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team will make its case for life in prison starting on Monday.