Sunday 20 April 2014

Date set for marathon bombing trial

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal counts (AP/Federal Bureau of Investigation)

A judge has set a November trial date for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Judge George O'Toole Jr told the US District Court that he has set the trial for November 3.

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

His lawyers had asked for a trial date no earlier than September 2015. Prosecutors want the trial this autumn.

They allege that 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 shootout with police.

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

Press Association

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