ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - A federal jury on Monday found September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui eligible for the death penalty, and a second phase of the trial will be held to determine if he is executed.
The 12-person jury found that Moussaoui lied to the FBI following his arrest three weeks before the September 11 attacks and the lies led to deaths in the hijacked airliner attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
'By this verdict, the jury has found that death is a possible sentence in this case,' said Edward Adams, court public information officer.
Last year Moussaoui, 37, pleaded guilty to six counts of conspiracy in connection with the September 11 attacks.
After the judge and jury left the courtroom, Moussaoui shouted: 'You'll never get my blood. God curse you all.'
The decision means the jury will return to the courthouse -- just a few miles from the Pentagon, which was attacked on September 11 -- on Thursday for a second phase of the trial.
They will then hear evidence on whether Moussaoui should be put to death or given a sentence of life in prison.
Federal prosecutors are expected to present testimony from some of the families of victims from the deadly hijackings.