BOSTON -- Sister Helen Prejean, the death penalty abolition
advocate, told a jury May 11 that convicted Boston Marathon
bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev expressed remorse in discussions
Sister Prejean, the Sister of Saint Joseph of Medaille and
author of, "Dead Man Walking," said during the defense's
portion of the sentencing phase of Tsarnaev's trial that she
had met with him five times since March. In their
conversations, she said, he eventually discussed his feelings
about the victims of the April 15, 2013 bombing that killed
three and left more than 260 people injured.
"He said emphatically, 'No one deserves to suffer like they
did,'" Sister Prejean told the jury, according to various
news sources. She said she believed Tsarnaev was sincere in
the regret he voiced.
A police officer was killed a few days later as law
enforcement officers closed in on Tsarnaev and his brother
elder brother Tamerlan. Tamerlan Tsnarnaev was killed in a
shootout with police before Dzhokhar was captured.
Although he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, as
his trial opened, Tsarnaev's attorney acknowledged he had a
role in the bombings. The defense strategy through the main
trial and the penalty phase focused on the influence of the
elder brother as the principal organizer of the crimes.
Tsarnaev was convicted of all 30 counts on which he was
indicted, including use of a weapon of mass destruction
resulting in death. Some of the charges carry the possibility
of the death penalty.
Sister Prejean said she was invited by Tsarnaev's attorneys
to meet with him. Following her testimony, the defense rested
its case, after more than two weeks in which dozens of
witnesses sought to soften his image before jurors decide his