BOSTON (WWLP) – After more than seven hours of deliberations, the jury has yet to reach a verdict in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.
Twelve jurors of the Boston Marathon bombing trial spent much of Tuesday deciding whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is guilty of the thirty charges against him in federal court. Boston residents, on the other hand, have already made up their minds.
“He is, in my opinion, guilty and the jurors should determine what to do from there; whether it’s life in prison or the death penalty,” said Boston’s Jim French.
The death penalty is not legal in Massachusetts, but because this is a federal court case the jury could decide whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be executed. The 21 year-old is accused of placing one of two pressure cooker bombs near the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line in an act of terrorism. The trial is split up into two parts – Phase One to determine guilt. If convicted, the trial would then move to the sentencing phase when same jury would decide whether Tsarnaev should spend the rest of his life in prison or be put to death. Michael-Angelo Nicastro told 22 News, “I think the death penalty is the best thing for that kid.”
Not all Boston residents agree on the appropriate punishment.
“Given his kind of radial beliefs, I feel like the death penalty would be a martyrdom for him, so in some ways, a life sentence would be worse,” said John Reardon.
Tsarnaev faces seventeen charges that carry a possible death sentence. Wednesday, April 15 will mark the two year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260.