Prosecutors have rested their case against accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev early this week after jurors in his death penalty trial saw autopsy photos and even heard a medical examiner describing horrific injuries and deaths suffered by the 2013 attack.
But Tsarnaev’s attorneys started out their defense by clearly pointing out that his older brother was the mastermind of detonating pressure-cooker bombs close to the finish line of the Boston race.
The defense made it very clear from the first day of the testimony last month that their aim isn’t to acquit Tsarnaev but to save him from the death penalty by claiming that his brother, Tamerlan, was the culprit of the terror bombings.
If Tsarnev is convicted, the trial will push for the second face, where the same jury panel will hear out further evidence to make a decision whether Tsarnev should take the death penalty or spend his remaining life in jail.
Prosecutors will lay out evidence of aggravating aspects to prove that Tsarnaev deserves the execution.