The murder trial of Sayfullo Saipov is finally beginning in New York for the murders of eight people in which he committed with a truck and if he is convicted he will be the next to join Federal Death Row. According to police reports Sayfullo Saipov rented a truck in New York City and drove down a bicycle path striking and killing eight people. Along with the murder charges Sayfullo Saipov is also facing terrorist charges which makes the crime Federal and eligible for the death penalty. The actual trial is suppose to take three months.
President Joe Biden who is not a supporter of the death penalty has spoken in the past of eliminating capital punishment on a Federal level. If Sayfullo Saipov does not get the death penalty when convicted he can expect to spend the rest of his life at ADX Florence the supermax prison in Colorado.
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A federal trial began Monday for Sayfullo Saipov, who is accused of using a rental truck to kill eight people after speeding into a New York City bike path in 2017.
Saipov, a native of Uzbekistan who was 29 at the time of the attack, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of murder. He could face the death penalty if convicted. He entered the federal courtroom in New York City wearing an olive-green sweater, gray pants, a beard, as well as reading glasses and a white face mask. Several of the victims’ families were also in attendance as Judge Vernon Broderick opened the proceedings Monday morning.
The trial is expected to last three months, with the jury sitting Mondays through Thursdays, the court says
Saipov’s attack is being treated as an act of terrorism, and prosecutors say they found multiple notes, written in Arabic, in and near the rental vehicle indicating that Saipov had pledged his loyalty to ISIS. Saipov is the first person to face federal charges that could result in the death penalty under President Biden’s administration
Eight people were left dead and 12 others injured following the 2017 attack, which took place near the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Of the eight killed, six were tourists from foreign countries, including five from Argentina and one from Belgium.
Some family members of foreign victims wore translation earpieces in the courtroom on Monday.
After speeding through the bike path, Saipov is accused of crashing his vehicle into a yellow school bus before exiting and yelling “Allahu Akbar.” He was immediately shot twice by nearby police officers, but he survived the wounds.
Saipov had worked as an Uber driver in New Jersey prior to the attack and had moved to New York City in search of better work opportunities
Federal authorities in New York have not carried out a death penalty since 1953