CRIME

Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer urges jury to spare his life, says he was once 'a good kid'

  • Defense attorneys, from left, David Bruck, Timothy Watkins and Judy Clarke leave federal court in Boston at the end of the day's session Monday, April 27, 2015, during the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev was convicted of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 260 people in April 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Defense attorneys, from left, David Bruck, Timothy Watkins and Judy Clarke leave federal court in Boston at the end of the day's session Monday, April 27, 2015, during the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev was convicted of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 260 people in April 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Gina Crawford, left, a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow Katherine Russell, leaves federal court in Boston after testifying Monday, April 27, 2015, during the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The woman at right is not identified. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 260 people in April 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died during a firefight with police four days after the bombings. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Gina Crawford, left, a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow Katherine Russell, leaves federal court in Boston after testifying Monday, April 27, 2015, during the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The woman at right is not identified. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 260 people in April 2013. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died during a firefight with police four days after the bombings. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)  (The Associated Press)

Defense lawyers began making their case to spare the life of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) by contrasting him with his older brother, who they said was "consumed by jihad."

Attorney David Bruck told jurors Monday that Tsarnaev was "a good kid" who was led down the path to terrorism by his brother, Tamerlan, who was later killed in a shootout with police.

The jury convicted Tsarnaev earlier this month in the 2013 bombing that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others. He also was found guilty of killing an MIT police officer as the brothers tried to flee.

The jury must decide whether Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty, as prosecutors have called for, or if he should spend the rest of his life in prison.