Boston Bombing Suspect Wants Trial Next Year

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Prosecutors say the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzkokhar Tsarnaev is expected to last three months, plus another six weeks if he is convicted and jurors then have to decide whether he should be put to death.

FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A federal grand jury in Boston returned a 30-count indictment against Tsarnaev on Thursday, June 27, 2013, on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

BOSTON (AP) - Prosecutors say the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzkokhar Tsarnaev is expected to last three months, plus another six weeks if he is convicted and jurors then have to decide whether he should be put to death.

The trial estimate was included in a joint status report filed in court Monday by federal prosecutors and Tsarnaev's lawyers ahead of a Wednesday hearing.

In the report, defense lawyers say they want a trial date no earlier than September 2015; prosecutors did not include a request for a date.

The 20-year-old Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the attack last April that killed three people and wounded more than 260. Authorities say he and his older brother, Tamerlan, built and planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line.


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