Trial date set for Boston Marathon bombing suspect

10:33 AM, Feb 12, 2014   |    comments
UNKNOWN - APRIL 19: In this image released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on April 19, 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19-years-old, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is seen. After a car chase and shoot out with police one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The two are suspects in the bombings at t
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BOSTON - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will stand trial beginning Nov. 3.

U.S. District Judge George O'Toole set the trial date at a Wednesday hearing here. The trial is expected to last about three months. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Tsarnaev, 20.

The April 15 twin bombings killed three people and wounded more than 260. Among the 30 federal charges against Tsarnaev, more than half carry a death penalty. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty.

Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, allegedly planted two pressure cooker bombs at the finish line of the marathon, where thousands of runners and bystanders had massed.

A few hours after their photos were released by the FBI, the brothers allegedly shot Sean Collier, a campus cop with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Authorities say the pair then hijacked an SUV, forcing a hostage to withdraw $800 from an ATM machine.

Tamerlan died in an April 18 shootout with police. Dzhokhar, wounded in the shootout, was captured a few hours later, hiding in a boat parked in the backyard of a Watertown, Mass., home.

A decision on the venue for the trial is expected at a June 18 status conference. Before then, defense could argue that Tsarnaev cannot receive a fair and impartial trial in Boston.

Tsarnaev attorney Judith Clarke had sought a trial delay, saying prosecutors have not provided access to evidence.

O'Toole, however, was unmoved.

"That's the calendar," he said. "I think it is a realistic one and a fair one."

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