Attorneys for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were in federal court on Thursday where they once again argued to move the trial out of Boston and to delay it past its scheduled Nov. 3 start.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, could face execution if he is convicted of killing three people and injuring more than 260 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs on April 15, 2013, and with fatally shooting a university police officer three days later as he and his older brother, Tamerlan, attempted to flee the city.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after an overnight gunbattle with police shortly after that shooting. His brother was captured late the following evening following a daylong lockdown of most of the Boston metropolitan area.
The two sides asked U.S. District Court last week to call a field of 2,000 people to be screened as possible jurors. Defense lawyers have argued it will be impossible to find an impartial panel of 12 jurors and six alternates in Boston, where a large number of people participate in the world's longest-running marathon either as spectators or athletes.
Attorneys are also squabbling over a visit by the defense team to Russia, where it was trying to learn about Tsarnaev's life before he and his ethnic Chechen family moved to the Boston area a decade ago.
Prosecutors contended in court filings that Russian officials told the United States that defense attorneys identified themselves as members of the FBI probing the case. Defense attorneys have denied doing so.
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