Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who along with his late brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is the prime suspect in last year's Boston Marathon bombings, will go on trial for murder in November. Tsarnaev, the younger of the two brothers is accused of both the bombings that killed three people in April 2013 and injured hundreds, and the murder of a police officer during a city-wide manhunt. If convicted, federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against him.
The alleged bomber's lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole to hold off on a trial until September of 2015, arguing that they needed extra time to review the evidence in the case. Instead, the case will go to trial on November 3, 2014, one day before the 2014 midterm elections. Boston Globe reporter Shelley Murphy notes that the judge won't rule on a defense request for a change of trial venue until at least the summer.
Tsarnaev's attorney Judy Clarke called the timeline "impossible" to meet, citing a delay in interviews with the suspect's family in Russia because of the Sochi Games. The suspect's defense team also mentioned "radio silence" from the federal government on their requests for information. The current schedule would require Tsarnaev's legal team to submit discovery by March, Fox 25's Ted Daniel explained. The evidence includes thousands of items held in an FBI lab in Virginia. The date set today matches more closely to the timeline requested by prosecutors.