BOSTON (USA TODAY) -- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will stand trial beginning Nov. 3.
District judge George A. O'Toole set the trial date a a Wednesday
hearing here. The trial is expected to last about three months.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Tsarnaev, 20.
April 15 bombing killed three people and wounded over 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
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. The pair then allegedly hijacked
an SUV, forcing a hostage to withdraw $800 from an ATM machine.
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 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
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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