Thursday 29 September 2016

Boston bomber to seek new trial

Published 06/07/2015 | 20:16

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for his part in the bombing which killed three people
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for his part in the bombing which killed three people

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has filed a motion for a new trial, less than two weeks after he was formally sentenced to death for the 2013 attack.

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Tsarnaev's lawyers filed a preliminary motion for a new trial for his conviction and death sentence. The motion did not contain any details on what grounds they plan to argue, saying only that a new trial is "required in the interests of justice".

The 21-year-old was convicted of 30 charges in the bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260. The same jury recommended the death penalty, and a federal judge on June 24 sentenced him to death.

Tsarnaev's lawyers called the motion a "placeholder" until they can file a more detailed motion next month.

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