TSARNAEV TRIAL: Both sides rest in penalty phase

By The Associated Press


BOSTON (AP) _ Prosecutors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have rested their case to a jury that will decide whether he should be put to death for the 2013 attacks.

The government ended its case Monday after calling two rebuttal witnesses. The defense rested earlier in the day after calling more than 40 witnesses in the penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial.

The warden of a federal penitentiary where Tsarnaev would likely go if he’s sentenced to life in prison testified as a rebuttal witness that inmates there can earn a college degree, write a book, and send and receive an unlimited number of letters.

Prosecutors have portrayed Tsarnaev as a heartless terrorist. The defense says his late older brother was the mastermind of the plot.

(C) The Associated Press 2015