Survivors, victim's family take stand on Day 1 of Tsarnaev penalty phase
BOSTON - The 12 jurors who convicted Dzhokar Tsarnaev on all 30 counts returned to U.S. Federal Court on Tuesday as the penalty phase of the trial begins.
The judge outlined the rules for the jury and explained how they will go about deliberations to determine whether or not the Boston Marathon Bomber will receive the death penalty.
Only the prosecution offered opening statements on the first day. They focused on the victims and referred to Tsarnaev as an "unrepentant killer." The courtroom was shown a never-before-seen photo of Tsarnaev in a federal court holding cell awaiting his arraignment in July 2013. The photo is a freeze frame of video of Tsarnaev giving the camera the middle finger.
The father and brother of victim Krystle Campbell offered emotional insight into who she was growing up and as an adult. They say she was hardworking and put herself through school.
Survivors Celeste Corcoran, Gillian Reny, and Nicole Gross also took the stand and described their injuries and how their lives have changed.
Witnesses will continued to be called to the stand Wednesday morning.
This second phase could last three to four weeks.