Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been found guilty by a federal jury in the Boston Marathon bombing case nearly two years to the day after the terror attack.
The bombing killed 3 and injured more than 260 on April 5, 2013. Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan, was killed by police while the brothers were on the run in the days after the shooting.
Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 charges he faced. The jury deliberated for just under 12 hours after a 17 days of testimony. He was found guilty of killing Krystle Marie Campbell, Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard at the bombing and MIT Officer Sean Collier in the aftermath.
Tsarnaev and his brother placed pressure cooker bombers near the Boston Marathon finish line. They then ambushed and fatally shot Collier on the MIT campus three days after the shooting.
Jurors saw photos and videos of the victims and heard graphic testimony describing their injuries.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Tsarnaev Now Faces the Death Penalty
Seventeen of the charges Tsarnaev faced carry the death penalty. The date for the start of the death penalty phase hasn’t been set yet, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusett’s office said on Twitter.
Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, but the case was heard in the federal system, which does. The same jurors will return to court for the second phase of the trial.
2. His Defense Team Admitted Tsarnaev Took Part in the Bombing
Tsarnaev’s attorneys made the admission and attempted to claim that Tsarnaev had been pressured into the bombing by his older brother and played less of a role in it. During her opening statement Judy Clarke argued that Tsarnaev was influenced his brother who “self-radicalized,” according to the Boston Globe.
3. Tsarnaev Was Caught After a Shootout in a Boston Suburb
He was found hiding in a boat days after the shooting and taken into custody alive by police.
The indictment in the case claims that Tsarnaev left a written confession in the boat where he was captured in a Watertown back yard, saying, “I don’t like killing innocent people” but it was justified because of US government actions abroad. “The US Government is killing our innocent civilians. I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished. We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all,” the indictment alleges. “Stop killing our innocent people, we will stop.”
4. He Showed No Emotion While the Verdict Was Read
Reporters inside the court room said Tsarnaev showed no emotion as he heard the verdict. Video is not allowed in federal courts.
Tsarnaev stood, his hands clasped in front of him and his head bowed, CNN said in its live coverage of the verdict announcement.
5. Survivors & Family Members of Victims Were in Court
According to CNN, there were survivors of the bombing and family members of the victims in court while the verdict was announced.
Bill and Denise Richard, the parents of 8-year-old victim Martin Richard, were among those in the courtroom.