May 13, 2015 4:30 PM

Tsarnaev's fate now in hands of jury in Boston Marathon bombing trial

BOSTON - Whether or not Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty is now in the hands of the 12 jurors who convicted him.

Closing arguments were heard Wednesday in the penalty phase of the Boston Marathon bombings trial.

This was the final chance for both sides to argue life or death for Tsarnaev.

While both arguments were powerful, the jury cannot use them as evidence while deliberating.

The defense claimed Tsarnaev is sorry and remorseful, and if given life in prison, he could find redemption.

Prosecutors pointed to his actions immediately following the bombing - shopping for milk, working out at school, and his note in the boat justifying his actions. They said he has shown no remorse, and described him as a terrorist who shredded innocent people apart in front of their families.

The defense wants the jury to see life in prison at ADX Supermax as equal punishment to a death sentence. They say he will disappear from the headlines and the victims will be able to move on.

The prosecution reminded the jury they could impose the death penalty if the crime was proven to be heinous.

The government says this is that case.

Closing arguments and jury instructions took up much of the day. Jurors had less than an hour to begin deliberating.

Deliberations will resume again Thursday morning.


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