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Trial date set for Boston Marathon bombings suspect

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if found guilty.

A JUDGE HAS set a November trial date for Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Judge George O’Toole Junior said today in a U.S. District Court that he has set the trial for 3 November.

Several of the 260 people injured in the terrorist attack were in the courtroom for the hearing. Tsarnaev was not present.


It is expected that the trial will last three months, plus another six weeks if he is convicted and jurors have to decide whether he should be put to death, prosecutors said on Monday.

His lawyers had asked for a trial date no earlier than September 2015, but prosecutors wanted the trial to go ahead in the autumn.

They allege that the 20-year-old Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, planted two home-made pressure cooker bombs near the marathon’s finish line last April. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shoot out with police.

Prosecutors announced last month they will seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, who has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal counts.

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