Boston marathon bombing suspect wants trial delayed

2014-12-24 13:06
Dzohkhar Tsarnaev (AP)

Dzohkhar Tsarnaev (AP)

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Boston - Lawyers for the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect are asking a federal judge to delay his trial until September.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to go on trial on 5 January on multiple charges and faces the death penalty if convicted.

In court papers filed Tuesday, Tsarnaev's lawyers argue that the trial, as currently scheduled, would begin faster than 99 of the 119 federal capital trials held since 2004.

They say a September 2015 trial would be more realistic given the "extraordinary complexity and international dimensions" of the case.

Tsarnaev was indicted 18 months ago.

Three people died, and more than 260 were injured when two bombs went off at the finish line of the marathon on 15 April 2013.

Tsarnaev's brother, Tamerlan, died in a shootout with police.

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