The death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was behind the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, was overturned by a federal appeals court on Friday.
The decision was made by a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after they concluded that the judge who oversaw the case did not properly screen jurors for biases. The panel ordered a new trial to see whether the 27-year-old terrorist should be executed.
“But make no mistake: Dzhokhar will spend his remaining days locked up in prison, with the only matter remaining being whether he will die by execution,” the judges stated.
U.S. Circuit Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson wrote in the 182-page ruling that the trial judge “fell short” of ruling out biases in jurors during the selection process.
“Despite a diligent effort, the judge here did not meet the standard set,” Thompson stated.
The mother of Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old who lost her life in the