The penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been convicted of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, will be opened on April 21, a court official said on Saturday.

Jurors will hear testimony from both sides as they decide whether to sentence Tsarnaev to death or life imprisonment for the April 15, 2013.

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Report say the attack by the marathon’s finish line had killed three people and injured over 260 bystanders.

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On Wednesday, Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 charges, including 17 counts that carried the death penalty.

The two-week recess came after Tsarnaev’s defence team asked U.S. District Court Judge, George O’Toole, for “additional time to resolve outstanding logistical issues with a number of potential witnesses.’’

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The jury will return to the court on Tuesday for brief instructions on scheduling and logistics. (dpa/NAN)


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