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Boston bombing trial hears closing arguments

Photo: Michael Doyle
Photo: Michael Doyle

The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers who planted pressure cooker bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, moved to closing statements Monday. The trial has been happening for over a month and the jury could be given the case as early as Monday afternoon.

Tsarnaev, 21, faces 30 federal charges, 17 of which could result in the death penalty. It is likely he will be found guilty of many of them; the trial began with his lead defense lawyer, Judy Clarke, telling to jury he was responsible for the attacks, though he was led by his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed during a shootout with police near Boston days after the bombing.

If Tsarnaev is found guilty of any of those 17 charges the trial will move to the second phase where the jury will decide if the he should face life in prison or capital punishment.

The bombings in April of 2013 killed three and injured 264.