Now, the healing begins. Nearly a week before its second anniversary, the victims of the bombing and the city of Boston can now start to find peace in the tragedy after the surviving suspect of that grisly event was found guilty on all counts. In April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded during the annual Boston Marathon at 2:49 pm EDT, resulting in the deaths of four individuals and causing injuries to over 250 others. Soon thereafter, a massive manhunt was conducted leading to a boathouse stand-off where one of the suspects died in a gunfight and the other being captured.
The suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were found to have plotted, executed and caused the casualties during that fateful day. The elder Tamerlan was killed during the subsequent chase and manhunt. The younger Dzhokhar was subsequently arrested and stood trial before a jury of his peers.
The remaining suspect of Chechen descent stood with his head bowed and face in blank as the verdicts were read out. He was charged with 30 criminal violations, ranging from use of weapons of mass destruction, bombing a place of public use, conspiracy, aiding and abetting, murder and other related charges. He was found guilty of all 30 counts charged.
His case is also eligible for the imposition of the death penalty, as it was found beyond reasonable doubt to have murdered Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier. Aside from these murders, thirteen other charges carries with them the penalty of death.
For his defense, there was an admission that he participated in the said gruesome attacks, but said that his slain brother was the driving force and the younger was merely influenced and coerced to commit the said heinous crimes. His defense was lawyer is Judy Clarke, specializes in defending cases facing the death penalty. The next phase is sentencing, where arguments are to be presented to seek the imposition of a life sentence instead of the death penalty.
Massachusetts abolished the death penalty from its criminal justice system in 1984. While as a state it does not practice the said penalty, Tsarnaev is charged with federal crimes, and as such the penalty still applies.? The next legal battle would be centering on these issues.
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