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.