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‘Truly Heartbroken': Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors on Shock Tsarnaev Ruling

The news that a court had ordered a new penalty-phase trial for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, overturning his earlier death sentence, hit survivors of the attack hard

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Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings said Friday was a hard day after learning that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence had been overturned.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether Tsarnaev should be executed for the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence has been tossed out after a federal appeals court said the judge did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases.

Time may have passed, but while pain like that Robert Wheeler has may fade, it never disappears.

"I just feel betrayed, and I'm truly heartbroken. I don't have many other words to say, other then betrayal," Wheeler said. "The smells, the sulfur, I just remember that every day."

Wheeler had just crossed the finish line back on April 15, 2013, when two bombs exploded 14 seconds apart.

Wheeler rushed to help others. He still deals with a traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and his legs having been cut with glass from the bombings.

His anger is solely focused on the lone surviving attacker -- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose older brother, Tamerlan, died in a gun battle with police during the manhunt a few days later.

A court has overturned the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, ordering a new penalty-phase trial.

"I don't want to spend another cent on this man. I want him to not have the joy of life anymore," Wheeler said.

"This just brings it -- it makes me, go, 'Whoa, whoa,'" said Melida Arrendondo.

She was stopped in her tracks with the news. She was with her husband, Carlos Arredondo, at the finish line that day, also rushing to help others.

Like so many, they experienced the roller coaster of the trials, and they worry about reliving the pain.

"I was originally was sort of in shock," she said. "Now I'm like, 'Oh boy, let's see how much this is going to impact my life again.'"

"I was in tears because it brings it all back," said Laurie Scher, who was working in a medical tent on that fateful Marathon Monday. "So many of us were afraid this was going to happen, because he did get the death penalty, this was going to keep coming back, and it opens up old wounds and it is devastating."

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