In an astonishing development concerning Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his lawyer, Judy Clark, reportedly told jurors he admitted to having a role in the infamous bombing. The defense maintains, however, that Tsarnaev was influenced by his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarvaev, 26, who died in a shootout with police before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested.
The two brothers are believed to be directly connected to the plan and execution of the Boston Marathon Bombing, an attack aimed at hurting and killing hundreds of Americans. According to CNN, that is what U.S. Prosecutor William Weinreb indicated when he gave his opening statement on Wednesday morning. Clark defended her client, saying that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s brother was the mastermind to the whole plot.
FOX News reported that Clark said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s brother was the one who had researched the bombing equipment and nearly forced his brother to participate in the plot. Prosecutors said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was like a “soldier in a holy war” aimed at harming Americans.
Weinreb told jurors that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been radicalized for over two years and that he believed he would go to paradise for committing such actions. Weinreb believes Tsarnaev had no remorse for setting those bombs up, which, according to The Boston Herald, he may have set up behind a row of children, detonated, and then simply walked away towards Whole Foods Market to get some milk.
One of the victims was an eight-year-old boy named Martin Richard, who Weinreb said had bled to death after large chunks of his flesh had been torn out. Richard’s parents were in the courtroom when Weinreb was speaking to the jury. Weinreb continued to describe two more victims in detail. In all, three victims died and 260 were injured in one of the most gruesome plots against Americans on American soil since 9/11.
The Boston Marathon Bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reportedly admitted his role in planning the attack with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Both brothers are believed to also be responsible for the death of a fourth person, Sean Collier; an MIT police officer. The brothers then stole a car, after which Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with the police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was able to get away after reportedly running over his brother, and was later discovered hiding in a boat.
According to The Boston Herald, there was a glove containing blood that matched that of Collier found in the stolen car. Collier was reportedly shot execution-style while in his cruiser.
The prosecution also indicated that it wants the jurors, who consist of 12 members and six alternates with 10 women and eight men among them, to be aware of messages found in the boat that they believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote. Some of the messages seemed to indicate that Tsarnaev could not let such evil (of the U.S.) go unpunished, and that the killing of innocent Muslims leads to the killing of innocent Americans.
The Boston Marathon Bombing suspect reportedly admitted guilt for his role to kill and injure hundreds of Americans who were in attendance at the Boston Marathon in 2013. The prosecution will reportedly seek the death penalty for 30 charges filed against Tsarnaev. While The Boston Herald stated the defense is looking more at preventing the execution of Tsarnaev versus defending his role in the attack, they will have to convince jurors that Tsarnaev was not an equal participant of his own free will, as the prosecution adamantly suggests.
By Liz Pimentel
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