US judge sets November trial for accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
BOSTON (REUTERS) - The accused Boston Marathon bomber will face trial in November, a United States (US) judge said on Wednesday, denying a request by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys for more time to prepare a defence on charges tied to the largest mass-casualty attack on US soil since 9/11.
Attorneys for the 20-year-old native of Russia's Chechnya region argued that they needed more time to review massive amounts of evidence. Tsarnaev faces the threat of execution if convicted of the April 15 attack that killed three people, injured 264 and drew a massive security response, including a lockdown of the greater Boston area.
In addition to thousands of pages of files, computer records and security camera photographs, attorneys need to comb through some 2,000 pieces of physical evidence including shards of shrapnel from the blast site and damaged vehicles.
Charges against Tsarnaev also include shooting dead a university police officer three days after the bombing, as he and his brother tried to flee the area after they were identified as suspects.