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Jurors in trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to consider whether to sentence him to death

Published 21/04/2015 | 07:14

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, suspect in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo. The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday reached a verdict on the guilt of defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 attack, according to federal prosecutors. REUTERS/FBI/Handout THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, suspect in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photo. The jury hearing the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday reached a verdict on the guilt of defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 attack, according to federal prosecutors. REUTERS/FBI/Handout THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are to begin hearing evidence about whether he should receive life in prison or the death penalty.

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The penlty phase of Tsarnaev's trial will begin in federal court in the city today.

Tsarnaev's lawyers are expected to continue portraying his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who died in a shoot-out with police four days after the bombing as the mastermind of the attack on April 15, 2013.

They say Tsarnaev does not deserve the death penalty because he was just 19 and heavily influenced by his domineering brother.

Prosecutors, however, say Tsarnaev was an equal partner with his brother in the bombing and deserves the ultimate punishment.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when twin bombs exploded near the marathon's finish line.

Tsarnaev was convicted of all 30 charges against him on April 8.

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