BOSTON More than four months after the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began, a jury has sentenced him to death.
The jury reached its decision after about 14 and a half hours of deliberation over three days. The decision came after three weeks of testimony in the sentencing phase of the trial. Jurors went through a lengthy verdict form and process to reach their decision.
The jury already found Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 charges against him in April, after over a month of testimony in the guilt-or-innocence phase of the trial. Their deliberation in that phase lasted 11 hours.
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The 12 jurors were seated after more than seven weeks of jury selection, which began on Jan. 5. A total of 1,373 prospective jurors completed questionnaires over three days. On Jan. 15, Judge George O’Toole began questioning the potential jurors.
After interviewing 256 jurors through voir dire, O’Toole found a pool of 75 qualified jurors from which he was able to seat a jury of 18 (including six alternates). The trial then began on March 4.
On April 6 after closing arguments, O’Toole named the six alternate jurors. Below you can find profiles of the 12 jurors who ultimately decided Tsarnaev’s fate, as well as the alternates.
Note: The final juror numbers have not yet been released. The numbers below are those that were assigned during jury selection.