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Final arguments in Boston Marathon bombings death trial

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Published 06/04/2015 | 08:10

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

Prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have one last chance to make their case to the jury.

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Closing arguments are scheduled for today in the first phase of Tsarnaev's death penalty trial.

Tsarnaev's lawyers have admitted he participated in the bombings but said his older brother was the mastermind behind the 2013 attack.

During its closing argument, the defence is expected to continue to focus on Tamerlan Tsarnaev's role.

Prosecutors are expected to remind the jury of the brutality of the attack, the three people who were killed and the others who were maimed.

If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is convicted, the same jury will hear more evidence during a second phase of the trial to decide whether he receives the death penalty or life in prison.

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