In another development in the Boston Marathon bombing case, the federal prosecutors have opposed the request by suspect’s lawyers to delay his trial until September next year.
The counsels of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the lone surviving suspect of Boston Marathon bomb blast, have filed a request again for delaying his trial until September.
Filing a motion in the court on Tuesday, Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued that the trial would start faster compared to “99 of the 119 federal capital trials to get underway since 2004”.
In a court filing on Wednesday, the prosecutors turned down the complaints by the defense lawyers over the volume of material provided as the trial approaches by the government, saying most of the information was sought by the defense, which was turned over by the government voluntarily.
Currently, the trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection on January 5.
The 21-year-old suspect has been pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges that include use of a weapon of mass destruction. If convicted, he faces the possibility of death penalty. He was indicted for his role in the bomb blast 18 months ago.
The blasts due to two pressure cooker bombs have claimed lives of three people, while over 260 were injured. The twin blasts went off at the finish line of the marathon on April 15 last year.
According to the defense attorneys, the shifting of trial to September next year or any additional delay granted by the federal judge would make the trial more fair and realistic.
This is the second time when Tsarnaev’s lawyers have made a request for delaying the trial. Earlier in September, Judge George O’Toole had denied a similar request for trial delay as well as a related request of changing the venue of the trial out of Boston.