LOWER MANHATTAN, Manhattan (WABC) — Jury deliberations will begin Wednesday A man is on trial for a deadly attack in Manhattan.

Saiful Saipov is accused of killing eight people on a West Side bike path.

Prosecutors say he drove a rented truck into pedestrians and bicyclists on Halloween 2017.

Saipov is being tried on charges of terrorism, he faces the death penalty.

Federal authorities allege that the defendant began planning the bloodshed in 2016 and was ready to transition from an ISIS follower to a full-fledged member.

Saipov’s lawyer told the jury bluntly that his client was a murderer who believed it was his religious duty to do what he did — waiting to die in an attack — after all, that might be the case. If convicted, the suspect, who pleaded not guilty, could be sentenced to death.


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