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Closing arguments set in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Associated Press Associated Press 6/04/2015 By DENISE LAVOIEAP Legal Affairs Writer
FILE - In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. © AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File FILE - In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack.

BOSTON — Victims of the Boston Marathon bombing have gathered in court to listen to closing arguments in the federal death penalty trial of admitted bomber Dzkokhar Tsarnaev.

Marc Fucarile and Karen Rand McWatters, who each lost a leg in the bombing, were in U.S. District Court on Monday. The parents of an 8-year-old boy killed in one of the explosions also were there to listen to prosecutors and Tsarnaev's lawyers sum up their cases.

Judge George O'Toole Jr. gave the jury instructions on the law before the lawyers were scheduled to give closing arguments.

O'Toole told the jury that Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his older brother, Tamerlan, to bomb the marathon in April 2013. The judge said the government must prove that Tsarnaev agreed with his brother to use a weapon of mass destruction and voluntarily joined in the plan to commit that crime.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the Boston Marathon bombing. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. © AP Photo/FBI, File FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the Boston Marathon bombing. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack.

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