The jury in the Boston bombing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reached a guilty verdict, after two days of deliberations, the United States attorney’s office announced Wednesday. The federal prosecutor’s office announced on Twitter that the court was scheduled to convene at 1:45 p.m. to hear the jury’s decision. Federal Judge George O’Toole met with attorneys from both the prosecution and defense. The charges facing Tsarnaev, totaling 30 counts, fall into four categories. Twelve counts are related to two pressure-cooker bombs used at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Three charges deal with conspiracy; three other cover the MIT shooting of security officer Sean Collier on April 18, 2013. The last 12 counts address the murder of Collier as well as a carjacking, robbery and the use of improvised explosives against Watertown, Massachusetts police officers.
The verdict arrived within days of the bombing’s second anniversary, bringing the city closer to reckoning as it prepares for the 119th Boston Marathon, to be held April 20. Tsarnaev was expected to be found guilty of a majority of the charges, since his defense team admitted from the beginning that he was involved in the attack. Their strategy was to save him from execution by painting him as a dupe of his radicalized older brother. Read more at Examiner.com
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