Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race in this photo exclusively licensed to Reuters by photographer Dan Lampariello after he took the photo in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013. Two simultaneous explosions ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch the world famous race.  REUTERS EXCLUSIVE Mandatory Credit REUTERS/Dan Lampariello  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT ATHLETICS) MANDATORY CREDIT - RTXYN2Q

Boston Marathon bombing trial: US government urges jury to sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

The life of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, is now in the hands of the jurors who will decide whether the young terrorist deserves to die for his crimes.

After a four-month trial that included searing testimony from survivors and graphic photographs of bloody pavements and severed limbs, both prosecution and defence closed their cases on Wednesday.

The US government argued that the 21-year-old deserves to die because of the “heinous, cruel and depraved” way he brought carnage to the marathon finish line in the name of jihad.

“The only sentence that will do justice in this case is a sentence of death,” said Steve Mellin, a federal prosecutor.

  • Xavier

    The current U.S. regime has proven it can and will exploit any tragedy to promote their political agenda. Apparently they’ve decided Tsarnaev has maximum value as a martyr.

  • WalterBannon

    he should not have even got a trial. the new sop for arresting Muslim terrorists should be execute on sight.

  • Petr

    The question is not if he deserves to die, the question is if he dies as he deserves.