Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center seated, is depicted between defense attorneys while the boat in which he was captured in sits on a trailer for observation during his federal death penalty trial, Monday, March 16, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring more than 260 people. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

BOSTON (AP) – The defense has rested its case in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers ended their case Tuesday after calling just four witnesses.

In opening statements, the defense admitted that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings but said his late older brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack.

The defense called a cell site analyst who showed that Tsarnaev was at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth when Tamerlan purchased components of the two bombs.

If Tsarnaev is convicted, the same jury will hear additional evidence to decide whether he should be put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured in the attack.

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