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Fed Appeals Court Overturns Death Sentence for Boston Marathon Bomber

Fed Appeals Court Overturns Death Sentence for Boston Marathon Bomber”

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two bombs planted by Tsarnaev and his brother exploded at the finish line.

A USA appeals court has overturned the death sentence given to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the deadly bombing attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

"But make no mistake: Dzhokhar will spend his remaining days locked up in prison, with the only matter remaining being whether he will die by execution", the judges said, more than six month after arguments were heard in the case.

His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a gun battle with police days after the two brothers detonated two pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line. Dzhokar Tsarnaev is now behind bars at a high-security supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office in Bostonsaid they are now reviewing the opinion and declined further comment at this time. Their claim was that the death penalty ruling should be thrown out because their client couldn't hope to get a fair trial in Boston, the scene of the bombing. A lawyer for Tsarnaev did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The 1st Circuit said the "pervasive" media coverage featuring "bone-chilling still shots and videos" of the bombing and dayslong manhunt required the judge to run a jury selection process "sufficient to identify prejudice".

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Three nights later, as they attempted to flee the city, they sparked a new round of terror in Boston when they hijacked a vehicle and then shot dead Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier.

Police then locked down Boston and most surrounding communities for nearly 24 hours, with heavily armed officers conducting house-to-house searches through the suburb of Watertown, where the surviving brother was found hiding in a dry-docked boat in a backyard. He was convicted in 2015, including for the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier.

Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police three days later.

Tsarnaev's lawyers say one of the jurors, who would go one to become the jury's foreperson, or chief spokesperson, published two dozen tweets in the wake of the bombings.

"I see in Boston, where you have the animal that killed so many people during the Boston Marathon", Trump said.



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