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Closing arguments set in Boston Marathon bombing trial

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By DENISE LAVOIE
AP Legal Affairs Writer
  
BOSTON (AP) -- Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have one last chance to make their case to the jury.
  
Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday in the first phase of Tsarnaev's death penalty trial.
  
Tsarnaev's lawyers have admitted he participated in the bombings, but said his older brother was the mastermind behind the 2013 attack.  During its closing argument, the defense is expected to continue to focus on Tamerlan Tsarnaev's role.
  
Prosecutors are expected to remind the jury of the brutality of the attack, the three people who were killed and the others who were maimed.
  
If Tsarnaev is convicted, the same jury will hear more evidence during a second phase of the trial to determine whether he receives the death penalty or life in prison.

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