Before 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev even stepped into a courtroom, the evidence against him in the bombing of the Boston Marathon was staggering, particularly a video of him planting one of the explosive devices near the finish line.
Then his defense lawyer told a jury during opening statements last month that “it was him.”
All that was left for the jury of seven women and five men to do was to find him guilty on the 30 counts he faced. They did so swiftly, convicting him on every count Wednesday, including 17 that carry the death penalty.
It took the jury about 11 hours over two days to reach its verdict, less than half the time it took for a jury to convict Timothy J. McVeigh in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
Whether Tsarnaev is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or dies by lethal injection will be decided this month when the same jury returns to conclude the portion of the trial known as the penalty phase.