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Tsarnaev's Lawyer Admits He Planted 2013 Boston Marathon Bombs


Gruesome details of injuries sustained by victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings were recounted to jurors in Boston on March 4 as lawyers for the ethnic Chechen on trial for the attack admitted he carried out the assault.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old Kyrgyzstan-born Muslim student and naturalized U.S. citizen, could face the death penalty if convicted of the bombings that killed three people and wounded 264. He also is charged with killing a police officer.

In a dramatic opening statement by Tsarnaev's defense team, attorney Judy Clarke on March 4 admitted Tsarnaev planted the bombs.

She told the jury bluntly: "It was him."

But Clarke said Tsarnaev was radicalized and manipulated by his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a gun battle with police four days after the bomb attack.

If that argument prevails, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s sentence could be reduced from the death penalty to life in prison.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP
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