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Defense Rests its Case in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

After two days and four witnesses, the defense team in the U.S. v Dzhokhar Tsarnaev case finished presenting evidence Monday afternoon.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty, but the defense has not denied his involvement in the bombings. They have presented Dzhokhar as the accomplice to Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s crimes by highlighting the alleged influence Tamerlan had on his younger brother. Dzhokhar was 19 years old at the time of the bombings, and was struggling academically at UMass Dartmouth.

The defense witnesses included an FBI agent who, according to a NBC news article, testified regarding fingerprints found on evidence from the marathon. The prints allegedly belonged to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, not Dzhokhar.

Another FBI agent testified about receipts that showed bomb materials – such as pressure cookers, ammunition, and BBs – were allegedly purchased by Tamerlan, reported a CNN article.

A computer forensic analyst testified that suspicious Internet searches for detonators, a “fireworks firing system,” and other disreputable topics were found on Tamerlan’s laptop, but not Dzhokhar’s, reported NBC. The witness also testified that an al-Qaeda associated magazine was found on Tamerlan’s computer and then sent to Dzhokhar’s using a flashdrive.

The prosecution, which presented before the defense, had called over ninety witnesses to the stand since the trial started on March 5th. They ended their argument with the testimonies of medical examiners detailing the gruesome deaths of Krystle Campbell, 29, Lingzi Lu, 23, and Martin Richard, 8 – all victims of the bombs set off at the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013.

The trial will resume with closing statements on Monday, April 6th. If the jury convicts Tsarnaev, the death penalty stage begins. The jury would then be responsible for sentencing Tsarnaev with either life in prison or execution.

Stay tuned on The Suffolk Voice for more reports directly from the courtroom.

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