Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must make one of the most difficult decisions a jury can be faced with: Should they sentence him to death or spare his life?
As they deliberate, they will need to fill out a lengthy, complicated verdict form that asks them to make findings on 12 aggravating factors prosecutors say support a death sentence and 21 mitigating factors his lawyers say support a decision to instead sentence him to life in prison.
The jury began deliberating late Wednesday and continued all day Thursday, for a total of about 8 1/2 hours over two days. It’s scheduled to return to U.S. District Court on Friday to continue.
The jury convicted Tsarnaev last month of all 30 federal charges against him, including 17 that carry the possibility of the death penalty.
Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two pressure cooker bombs packed with shrapnel exploded near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was killed days later.