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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty in Boston Marathon bombings trial

* Faced 30 terrorism charges in total
* Bombings killed three people, injured more than 260 others
* Trial will now proceed to the 'penalty phase'

Published 08/04/2015 | 19:10

This undated forensics photograph made by the FBI, released Tuesday, March 24, 2015, by the U.S. Attorney's office and presented as evidence during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, shows the scene of the April 19, 2013, gun battle in Watertown, Mass., between police and Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
This undated forensics photograph made by the FBI, released Tuesday, March 24, 2015, by the U.S. Attorney's office and presented as evidence during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, shows the scene of the April 19, 2013, gun battle in Watertown, Mass., between police and Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
Defense attorneys (L-R) Miriam Conrad, Judy Clarke and Timothy Watkins arrive at the federal courthouse on the second day of jury selection in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, Massachusetts in this January 6, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files
Defense attorneys for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, David Bruck (L) and Judy Clarke (C), arrive at the federal courthouse for opening statement's in Tsarnaev's trial in Boston, Massachusetts, in this March 4, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files
Pieces of shrapnel taken from the body of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell and presented as evidence in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are displayed in Boston, Massachusetts March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A court official prepares display pieces of shrapnel taken from the body of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell and presented as evidence in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, Massachusetts March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A court official displays pieces of shrapnel taken from the body of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell and presented as evidence in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, Massachusetts March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
News crews photograph pieces of shrapnel taken from the body of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell and presented as evidence in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, Massachusetts March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A piece of shrapnel taken from the body of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell and presented as evidence in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is displayed in Boston, Massachusetts March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A court official displays pieces of shrapnel taken from the body of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell and presented as evidence in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, Massachusetts March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
This undated forensics photograph made by the FBI, released by the U.S. Attorney's office and presented as evidence during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Boston, shows Massachusetts driver's licenses of his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)
A 9mm Luger clip and bullet package sit next to a backpack and bag on a street where Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev engaged in a gunfight with police in this undated handout evidence photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts on March 24, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts on March 23, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston/Handout via Reuters
A bullet casing is seen in blood in a police car on a street where Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev engaged in a gunfight with police in this undated handout evidence photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts on March 24, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout
Blood is seen in a police car on a street where Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev engaged in a gunfight with police in this undated handout evidence photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts on March 24, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout
Bullets for a 9mm Luger handgun, recovered from the street where Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev engaged in a gunfight with police is seen in this undated handout evidence photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts on March 24, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout
An evidence marker sits next to a 9mm Luger handgun on a street where Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev engaged in a gunfight with police in this undated handout evidence photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts on March 24, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout
Evidence markers are seen on a street where Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev engaged in a gunfight with police in this undated handout evidence photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, Massachusetts on March 24, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout
Evidence from the Boston Marathon bombing trial, including a pressure-cooker bomb recovered from the Watertown crime scene, is seen at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty of terrorism charges in relation to the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013 that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

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Tsarnaev (21) faced 30 terrorism charges in total, including setting off weapons of mass destruction at a public event as an act of terrorism.

He now faces the death penalty after being found guilty of the 17 capital charges among the 30 total he faced.

The Boston Marathon bombings trial, which began on March 4, heard the brothers planned for two separate bombs to explode near the race’s finish line.

A number of towns in the greater Boston area are on lockdown after last night's dramatic events. The Boston suburb of Watertown, where the police shootout took place is now being evacuated as the police presence continues.
A number of towns in the greater Boston area are on lockdown after last night's dramatic events. The Boston suburb of Watertown, where the police shootout took place is now being evacuated as the police presence continues.
People run out of their house as SWAT teams searching for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, gather in the vicinity, in Watertown, Massachusetts
FBI agents search homes for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts
A member of the SWAT team trains a gun on an apartment building during a search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.
SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search an apartment for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown
Members of the SWAT enter an apartment as they search for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.
A woman watches police as they search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts
Police officers search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts
A law enforcement bomb technician (3rd L) and other personnel inspect the site of a controlled detonation of a suspicious object during a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, in Watertown.
SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search an apartment for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown.
A law enforcement bomb technician walks away after preparing the controlled detonation of a suspicious object during a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Police officers search for the suspect after a police officer was shot and killed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology near Boston
A law enforcement vehicle carries a bomb disposal device through Watertown during a search for the two men suspected of setting off two explosions during the Boston Marathon in Watertown.
Law enforcement officials stage in a parking lot during a search for the two men suspected of setting off two explosions during the Boston Marathon in Watertown.
A law enforcement vehicle carries a bomb disposal device through Watertown during a search for the two men suspected of setting off two explosions during the Boston Marathon in Watertown.
A law enforcement official stands with his rifle during a search for the two men suspected of setting off two explosions during the Boston Marathon in Watertown.
Law enforcement officials stand on Auburn St. during a search for the two men suspected of setting off two explosions during the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts.
A law enforcement official checks his rifle during a search for the two men suspected of setting off two explosions during the Boston Marathon in Boston.
WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19: A police officer with gun drawn searches for a suspect on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts.
WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 19: (ALTERNATE CROP) Police with guns drawn search for a suspect on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Police officers (not pictured) keep a man on the ground in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013 following the shooting of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Police officers keep a man on the ground in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013 following the shooting of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Police officers keep a man on the ground in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013 following the shooting of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The FBI released this photo of the suspects.

The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during a shoot-out with police days later.

Meanwhile,  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, then 19, was found more than 18 hours later hiding in a boat parked in a yard.

The trial will now proceed to the second phase, the so-called ‘penalty phase’.

That part of the trial will also have a jury present. It will include evidence of aggravating and mitigating factors and the jury will be asked to weigh the more heinous elements of the crime against details from Tsarnaev's background and mental health history that could weigh in his favour.

The defence and prosecution made closing arguments in the trial on Monday, April 6.

"The defendant brought terrorism into the backyards and main streets," the prosecution Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty told the court in closing arguments. 

"The defendant thought that his values were more important than the people around him. He wanted to awake the mujahideen, the holy warriors, so he chose Patriots Day, Marathon Monday, a time for families to gather and watch the marathon.

“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev chose a day when the eyes of the world would be on Boston," he continued.

"He chose a day when there would be civilians on the sidewalks and he targeted those civilians, men, women and children."

The lawyer paused and added.

"He wanted to terrorize this country. He wanted to punish America for what it was doing to his people."

During the trial, the prosecution called 92 witnesses in total, the defence called just four to the stand.

The defence had a distinct strategy in conceding all but the most serious charges.

In opening statements to the court at the beginning of the trial, his counsel Judy Clarke said Tsarnaev was involved in carrying out the attack.

"It was him," Clarke told the jury, but the defence argued that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was under the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan.

Boston Police stand near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon, on April 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Three people are confirmed dead and at least 141 injured after the explosions went off near the finish line of the marathon.
Boston Police stand near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon, on April 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Three people are confirmed dead and at least 141 injured after the explosions went off near the finish line of the marathon.
A woman is helped from the scene near the finish line after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 28 injured after at least two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon.
A woman is loaded into an ambulance after he was injured by one of two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
A man is loaded into an ambulance after he was injured by one of two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 23 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon.
Two blood stained feet of a man hangs outside an ambulance outside a medical tent located near the finish of the 117th Boston Marathon after two bombs exploded on the marathon route on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
A runner sits near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 23 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon.
A runner reacts near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 23 injured after two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon.
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A Boston police officer wheels in injured boy down Boylston Street as medical workers carry an injured runner following an explosion during the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria at the marathon's finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Crowds gather a distance away from the explosions during the Boston Marathon.
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A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up for the Boston Marathon after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013.
Medical workers aid an injured man at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion there Monday, April 15, 2013 in Boston. Two explosions shattered the euphoria at the finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Medical workers and authorities work on the scene near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/WCVB-TV/ABC) MANDATORY CREDIT
A Boston police officer clears Boylston Street following an explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria at the finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Medical workers wheel the injured across the finish line during the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Still image taken from video courtesy of NBC shows the scene of an explosion at the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013. Two explosions struck the marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, witnesses said, injuring an unknown number of people on what is ordinarily a festive day in the city. REUTERS/NBC/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT ATHLETICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO ARCHIVES. UNITED STATES OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN UNITED STATES. NO ONLINE USE. NOT FOR SALE FOR INTERNET DISPLAY
Still image taken from video courtesy of NBC shows the scene of an explosion at the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013. Two explosions struck the marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, witnesses said, injuring an unknown number of people on what is ordinarily a festive day in the city. REUTERS/NBC/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SPORT ATHLETICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO ARCHIVES. UNITED STATES OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN UNITED STATES. NO ONLINE USE. NOT FOR SALE FOR INTERNET DISPLAY
Medical workers aid an injured man at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two bombs exploded near the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people, injuring 22 others and sending authorities rushing to aid wounded spectators, race organizers and police said. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
People react to an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki)
Boston Police coordinate the scene after explosions reportedly interrupted the running of the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013. Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring 23 on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch one of the world's best known marathons. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CIVIL UNREST DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Medical workers aid injured people at the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, David L Ryan)
Medical workers aid injured people at the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, David L Ryan)
Boston Police and Firemen stand by at the scene after explosions reportedly interrupted the running of the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013. Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring 23 on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch one of the world's best known marathons. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CIVIL UNREST DISASTER)
A child is comforted after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013. Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring 23 on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch one of the world's best known marathons. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DISASTER SPORT ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A runner in a wheelchair is taken from a triage tent after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013. Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring 23 on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch one of the world's best known marathons. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DISASTER SPORT ATHLETICS)
Medical workers aid injured people at the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, David L Ryan)
A runner is escorted from the scene after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013. Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring 23 on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch one of the world's best known marathons. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST DISASTER SPORT ATHLETICS)

Part of their argument also attempted to show how Tsarnaev’s mobile phone was not in the vicinity when pressure cookers were purchased more than two months before the bombing.

"It was Tamerlan," defence attorney Judy Clarke repeated during her closing argument.

"In the past few weeks we have come face to face with tragedy, suffering and grief in dimensions none of us could imagine," she told the court. 

"We've heard words, we've heard screams and we've heard cries. For this suffering and pain there is no excuse."

She acknowledged her client took part in a ‘senseless act’ but said she was only following her brother.

"If not for Tamerlan, it would not have happened," Clarke said.

During the trial, the court heard that Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off a bomb made from a 6-quart pressure cooker, explosive powder from fireworks, duct tape, nails and BB gun pellets on Boylston Street near the finish line.

The first explosion claimed the life of Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager.

The court heard that twelve seconds later, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev detonated a second, similar bomb slightly more than a block away.

This bomb killed Martin Richard (8) and Lingzi Lu (23) a graduate student from China.

Sean Collier (26), an MIT campus police officer who was killed three days after the bombings, was shot between the eyes.

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