Boston bombing trial begins, defense puts blame on older brother

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Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s lawyer admits her client was involved in the terrorist bombing that killed three people back in 2013 at the Boston City Marathon. Tsarnaev’s defense team argues that he was coerced into the bombings by his older brother. CCTV’s Nick Harper reports from Boston.

Boston bombing trial begins, defense puts blame on older brother

Boston bombing trial begins, defense puts blame on older brother

Dzhokar Tsarnaev's lawyer admits her client was involved in the terrorist bombing that killed three people back in 2013 at the Boston City Marathon. Tsarnaev's defense team argues that he was coerced into the bombings by his older brother.

  • Highlights:
    Tsarnaev’s Lawyer Judy Clarke said “it was him (Dzhokhar)” and that “the crimes were inexcusable” and “senseless, horribly misguided acts carried out by two brothers”.
  • The bombing of the Boston Marathon in April 2013 killed three people and injured 260 others. It was the worst terrorist incident on U.S. soil since the September 11th attacks in 2001.
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, died in a police shoot-out in the days after the bombings.
  • The defense, as the trial begun, is that the younger brother Dzhokhar was a “follower”, not a leader, and that he had been “influenced” by Tamerlan.
  • Liz Norden, mother of one of the victims in the bombing said “I want the death penalty. That would be justice for me. For my boys, for myself, for how I feel what happened to my boys. That would be justice.