Boston Bombing Trial

By: Clayton Cogdill

The Boston Bombing

On April 15, 2013, two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 other people. Four days later, after an intense manhunt that shut down the Boston area, police captured one of the bombing suspects, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose older brother and fellow suspect, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died following a shootout with law enforcement earlier that same day.

Facts about the Boston Bombing and the Trial

1. Tsarnaev is charged by the U.S. government with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.

2. On January 15, 2015 Tsarneav's trial begins.

3. March 4, 2015 opening statements begin in Tsarnaev's case. The testimony lasts 15 days. The U.S. calls 92 witnesses to the stand. The defense calls four.

4. After deliberating for 11 and a half hours the jury decides on a guilty verdict for all 30 charges.

5. The trial will now move to the penalty phase where the jury will be tasked with deciding where the Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty or not.

How does this event affect us today?

The Boston Bombing made caused Americans to be on edge at all times. Now when you go to public events like the Boston marathon, security will be tight and it will be safer for everyone than it would've been if the bombing hadn't happened.
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