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Trial of man accused of carrying out Boston Marathon Bombings reaches closing stages

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The trial of the man accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon Bombings has reached its closing stages.

Following 16 days of evidence, the jury is expected to begin considering its verdict later today.

21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  faces 30 charges relating to the April 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

He and his older brother are also accused of killing a police officer as they tried to make their escape.

17 out of the 30 charges against the 21-year-old carry the death penalty upon conviction.

The prosecution called 92 witnesses over 15 days, including many of the surviving victims, and relatives of the deceased, the defence called just 4, with its case lasting just six hours.

Despite significant photographic evidence placing Jahar Tsarnaev at the scene, and an admission by his lawyer that he carried out the bombings, the 21-year-old is claiming that he was acting under the overwhelming influence of his older and radicalised brother.

26-year-old Tamerlan was killed during a shootout with police following a citywide manhunt for the brothers.

If there is conviction, the trial then moves into a second phase when the jury will decide whether to hand down the death penalty.