Boston death trial defence rests

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Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have rested their case to a jury that will decide whether he should be put to death for the Boston Marathon bombing.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers wrapped up their case for life after calling more than 40 witnesses in the penalty phase of his trial.

His teachers recalled a sweet, hardworking boy. His Russian relatives wept as they described a kind child with an infectious smile.

The defence argued that his late older brother was the mastermind of the bombings and lured Dzhokhar, then 19, into his plan.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when bombs exploded near the marathon finish line April 15, 2013.

Prosecutors portrayed Tsarnaev as a heartless terrorist who placed a bomb behind children, killing an eight-year-old boy.

Published: Monday 11th May 2015 by The News Editor

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