BOSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 counts against him Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed.
As CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, the jury deliberated for two hours for 11 1/2 hours before reaching the verdicts Wednesday. Tsarnaev stood with his head bowed and his hands clasped as the decision was read.
His conviction was practically a foregone conclusion, given his lawyer’s startling admission during opening statements that Tsarnaev carried out the attack with his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan.
“We are obviously grateful for the outcome today,” said Boston Marathon bombing survivor Karen Brassard. “It’s not a happy occasion, but it’s something that we can put, you know, one more step behind us.”
Brassard attended every day of the month-long trial.
The two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line on April 15, 2013, killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 other people, turning the traditionally celebratory home stretch of the world-famous race on Boylston Street into a scene of carnage and putting the city on edge for days.
Brassard was at the finish line at the time of the bombing, which sent a pipe-sized piece of a bomb into her ankle, Steve Kastenbaum reported for 1010 WINS.
Brassard walked out of court Wednesday relieved that Tsarnaev had been convicted on all 30 counts – including use of a weapon of mass destruction and murder.
“Throughout this whole thing, he has been — to use my word – arrogant, walking in and out of courtroom, and completely disinterested,” Brassard said.
Boston bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory also spoke out following the verdict.
“I may be standing on a one fake leg, but I’m standing here, stronger than ever because someone tried to destroy me — and he failed,” Gregory said.
Gregory has undergone 20 surgeries and has spent 52 days in the hospital. She now lives in Texas, but was at the finish line when the two bombs blew.
She said the pain remains – even after Tsarnaev was convicted.
“Our lives have been changed forever,” she said. “There have been children taken and parents that will never get to put them to bed at night again.”