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(BOSTON) — Prosecutors rested their case in the penalty phase of the trial against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted of the Boston Marathon bombings, by showing a dramatic video from the day of the explosions.

The video showed Denise Richard with her 8-year-old son Martin. Martin was killed in the bombings. A trauma surgeon testified that Martin did not die instantly, and that his injuries would have caused him pain.

The surveillance video that came near the end of the prosecution’s case shows Denise Richard rocking back and forth over her son’s body. Steve Woolfenden described witnessing the scene that day, saying he could hear Denise saying “please” and “Martin” repeatedly.

The trial will continue on Monday with Tsarnaev’s defense team’s case. There will be no court on Friday.

Prosecutors reserve the right to a rebuttal after the defense rests.

The same jury that convicted Tsarnaev earlier this month will decide whether to give him a life sentence or the death penalty.

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