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Apr 6, 2015 4:09 PM

Closing arguments in trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev


BOSTON - In the last month, the jury heard from survivors, victims' families, and experts who have all taken the stand in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev. It is now up to the jury to decide on 30 different counts in the indictment.

During closing arguments, the government calls Tsarnaev a terrorist who lived a double life and showed no remorse for his actions. They say he knowingly placed a bomb behind a group of children but to him they were "not innocent, they were Americans."

The defense admitted Dzhokar fully participated in the events but they said if not for his brother Tamerlan, they would not have happened. They described Dzhokar as a normal, teenage college student who only cared about girls and Facebook.

The government ended their arguments saying Tsarnaev "ran away on Boylston, ran away from Sean Collier's murder and escaped the shootout" to hide in a boat and "take credit" for the attacks.

The defense said Dzhokar followed Tamerlan down Boylston, watched as Tamerlan murdered Collier and followed Tamerlan during the carjacking.

Both sides used the writings in the boat during closing arguments. The government painted it as a calm reflection, as if Dzhokar was taking credit or justifying his actions.

The defense said it was a 19-year-old's attempt to write out why they did it, they called it a "twisted belief" into what they did was right.

It is now up to the jury to deliberate. A verdict could come as early as Tuesday.


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