Prosecutors: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gave Middle Finger To Prison Camera
It was a defiant gesture.
Three months after his participation in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 and injured more than 260 others, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sat in a holding cell. Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, he glanced at a surveillance camera. With an angry scowl, he held up his middle finger.
On the first day of the death penalty phase in the Boston Marathon bombing trial, the government showed a screenshot of that video to the jury – an attempt to emphasize Tsarnaev’s lack of remorse.
“This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: unconcerned, unrepentant and unchanged,” said prosecutor Nadine Pellegrini, addressing the jurors who will decide whether the 21-year-old will be executed for his role in the bombing.
The photo gave the jury its first glimpse into Tsarnaev’s mindset; he showed little emotion during trial.
“He was determined and destined to be America s worst nightmare,” said Pellegrini.
Earlier this month, Tsarnaev was found guilty of 30 federal charges related to the bombing.
The penalty phase is expected to take about 4 weeks.
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