NEW YORK____Some relatives of those killed and maimed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings expressed shock and confusion Friday after a federal appeals court overturned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence.
A three-judge panel of the First US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether the 27-year-old bomber should be executed for the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
But for those who lost the most on April 15, 2013, the court’s ruling was both painful and confusing.
“I just don’t understand it,” said Patricia Campbell, whose daughter, Krystle, was one of three killed at the finish line. “It’s just terrible that he’s allowed to live his life. It’s unfair. He didn’t wake up one morning and decide to do what he did. He planned it out. He did a vicious, ugly thing.”