Tuesday marks the final day for jury selection for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing.
According to Reuters, 21-year-old Tsarnaev conspired with his older brother, Tamerlan, to detonate bombs at the Boston Marathon, resulting in the deaths of three people and more than 260 injuries on April 15, 2013. Seventeen of the counts carry the death penalty. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has, however, pleaded not guilty to the 30 counts against him. The Boston Marathon bombing is considered one of the worst tragedies in the U.S. since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The jury selection process began in January with more than 1,300 candidates. After two months of deliberation, all-white jury panel of 10 men and 8 women were selected. If found guilty, they will determine whether or not Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty. The only two options available for the jury are life in prison or the death penalty. Tsarnaev’s defense lawyers have tried numerous times to have the trial moved out of Boston, as they argue that some of the jurors might have a personal connection to the case beforehand. As stated in an article from The New York Times, no one has been executed since 1947. However, Tsarnaev faces execution because he has been charged under federal law.
Opening statements at the federal courthouse here are to begin on Wednesday in a trial that is expected to last through June.