Prosecution rests its case against Boston bomber

Prosecutors have rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with gruesome autopsy photos of the people who died in the 2013 terror attack.

Tsarnaev’s lawyer said in opening statements that Tsaranev participated in the bombings but that his older brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers will get a chance to present their case. The defence has made it clear its strategy during the two-phase trial is not to win an acquittal but to save him from the death penalty.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line on April 15, 2013.

Jurors heard testimony from survivors who lost limbs in the bombings and from the father of eight-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest bombing victim.

The same jury that will consider 30 federal charges against Tsarnaev will hear additional evidence during the trial’s second phase to decide whether Tsarnaev, 21, is sentenced to death or life in prison.

On Friday, a medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Krystle Campbell described her injuries and showed the jury gruesome autopsy photos. The 29-year-old restaurant manager bled to death after the bomb blew holes in her legs and riddled her body with shrapnel.


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