By Priscilla Liguori 4-8-15
Family members of marathon bombing victims nodded as the word “guilty” was said 30 times in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial courtroom.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty on all 30 counts in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial. 17 of those counts make Tsarnaev eligible for the death penalty.
The two day deliberation took 11 and a half hours.
Tsarnaev was stone-faced, showing no emotion, as he was found guilty on each count. He stood with his hands clasped together and kept his head down.
Judge George O’Toole told the 12 jurors the trial will move to the death penalty phase. This will decide whether Tsarnaev will get a life in prison or death. Judge O’Toole said this phase would start “early next week.” He reminded the jurors they were still an active jury.
“I am thankful that this phase of the trial has come to an end and am hopeful for a swift sentencing process,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said. “I hope today’s verdict provides a small amount of closure for the survivors, families, and all impacted by the violent and tragic events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon.”
The verdict was expected among analysts. Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted he was involved in the bombing and only called four witnesses who testified a total five hours. The government had 92 witnesses over 15 days, many of them being survivors of the tragedy.
Tsarnaev was convicted of charges after video footage showed him and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev placing backpacks containing bombs among the crowd at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Three people died and 264 were injured when bombs exploded near the finish line. Three days later, MIT police officer Sean Collier was murdered in a shootout at MIT. Tamerlan was run over and killed by Dzokhar proceeding the shootout. Dzokhar was found in a boat behind a home in Watertown, MA.
“The incidents of those days have forever left a mark on our City,” said Mayor Walsh. “As we remember those who lost so much, we reflect on how tragedy revealed our deepest values, and the best of who we are as a community.”
The deaths Tsarnaev was found guilty for include Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, and Officer Sean Collier.