Boston Marathon bomber found guilty

The man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013 has been found guilty of all 30 charges that he faced, many of which carry the death penalty, the BBC reports.

The jury in Massachusetts will now decide what sentence 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will receive.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when the bombs exploded at the finish line in April 2013.

His lawyers admitted he played a role in the attacks but said his older brother was the driving force.

The guilty conviction was widely expected. In the next phase of the trial, Tsarnaev’s legal team will push for him to be given a life-in-prison sentence instead of death.

His chief lawyer, Judy Clarke, specialises in defending high-profile clients facing the death penalty, including the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.

Although Tsarnaev’s defence team had repeatedly appealed for a change of venue, Boston is not known for its support of capital punishment.

Massachusetts abolished the practice in 1984 and has not executed anyone since 1947. But Tsarnaev was convicted of federal, not state crimes.

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