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Apr 7, 2015 4:07 PM

No verdict for Tsarnaev on first day of deliberations


BOSTON- The jury did not reach a verdict on the first day of deliberations in trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev. They have a long list of charges to decide on and all decisions must be unanimous.

Before closing arguments, the judge explained there are many ways a person can be criminally responsible: either they personally or directly performed the acts, or they aided and abetted another in doing so.

In most of the counts in the indictment, Tsarnaev is charged with aiding and abetting his brother Tamerlan.
For example, the defense says it was Tamerlan who killed MIT Officer Sean Collier, but prosecutors say we don't know who pulled the trigger. Dzhokar could still be found guilty as an aider or abettor.

Tsarnaev is charged with three counts of conspiracy: to use a weapon of mass destruction, bomb a place of public use, and malicious destruction of property.

The judge says we don't need to know all of the details, the government only has to have proven he intended to join in.

The jury was narrowed down from 18 to 12. There are now six alternates who are not part of the deliberation process.


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