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Jury reaches verdict in Boston bomber trial

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces 30 counts, ranging from using weapons of mass destruction to conspiracy. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces 30 counts, ranging from using weapons of mass destruction to conspiracy.
BOSTON (AP) -

Jurors in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found a verdict Wednesday, two days after both prosecutors and his lawyers told them Tsarnaev must be held accountable for participating in the terror attack.

The verdict will be announced at around 1:45 p.m. Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges.

If Tsarnaev is convicted the jury will then begin hearing evidence on whether he should get life in prison or a death sentence.

Twin bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Boylston Avenue on April 15, 2013, killing three people and wounding more than 260.

During closing arguments Monday, Tsarnaev's lawyers agreed with prosecutors that Tsarnaev conspired with his brother to bomb the marathon and planted one of two pressure-cooker bombs that exploded that day.

But the defense said it was his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan, who was the mastermind of the attack. It was Tamerlan who bought the bomb parts, built the bombs and planned the attack, said defense attorney Judy Clarke.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died four days after the bombings after he was shot by police and run over by Dzhokhar during a getaway attempt. Dzhokhar was captured hours later hiding in a dry-docked boat.

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