Prosecutors near end of case in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial



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BOSTON — Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with testimony from medical examiners who will describe the injuries to two people who died in the attack, including an 8-year-old boy.

The prosecution is scheduled to rest its case in the first phase of the trial on Monday. The same jury that will consider 30 federal charges against Tsarnaev will hear additional evidence during the trial's second phase to decide whether Tsarnaev, 21, is sentenced to death or life in prison.

During opening statements, Tsarnaev's lawyer admitted that he participated in the bombings, but said his older brother, Tamerlan, 26, was the mastermind of the terror attack. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.

On Friday, a medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Krystle Campbell described her injuries and showed the jury gruesome autopsy photos. Campbell , a 29-year-old restaurant manager, bled to death after the bomb blew gaping holes in her legs and riddled her body with shrapnel.

Two other medical examiners are expected to testify Monday about the injuries to Martin Richard, 8, of Boston, and Lingzi Lu, 23, a Chinese graduate student at Boston University.

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